American Badger at Her Den

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Badger's tongue up closeBadger’s tongue up close – Nikon D810, FX mode, f10, 1/1000, ISO 640, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I didn’t expect to photograph an American Badger yesterday but I did! And from so close I could only take portraits of her at first. Her den was at the bottom of a hill on a narrow dirt road so I took a bunch of close up images of her using the FX mode in my Nikon D810 and I could have probably used more depth of field to get more of her in focus but I also wanted to focus on her eyes and then was pleasantly surprised when she stuck out her tongue. I never knew that the tip of a badger’s tongue was square shaped until I took this image.

Portrait of American Badger Head OnPortrait of American Badger Head On – Nikon D810, DX mode, f10, 1/500, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Then I took a quick series of the badger in DX mode and I was happy when she faced me head on. It was already 11:30 a.m. when I took the images of the badger so the light was high, strong and it kind of washed out her colors.

I love badgers, so I don’t care. Besides, I only get this close to an American Badger about once every two years.

American Badger at its denAmerican Badger at its den – Nikon D300, f10, 1/400, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 18-200mm VR at 135mm, natural light

After moving down the hill a little bit I finally grabbed my backup D300 with the 18-200mm VR lens attached to get a wider angle of the badger and her den. Not long after this image I left her to her peace and quiet.

Later I will post some images that will show why I knew she was a female. I’m pretty sure the American Badger at her den has cubs, they can have anywhere from one to five! I just hope that no one kills her because they consider her a pest.

Life is full of surprises. And it is good.


P.S. Heading home this morning, tired, dusty but happy.


  1. Lois Bryan June 7, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    She is gorgeous!!!

  2. Utahbooklover June 7, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Wonderful images and enjoyed the info too. Squared-off tongue is interesting.

  3. Elephant's Child June 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    What an industrious charmer. Thank you.

  4. Nicole Haller-Wilson June 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I love badgers! Ever since reading The Wind in the Willows – 30+ years ago!msuprr photos!

  5. Colleen Crank June 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Such beautiful eyes. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Patty Chadwick June 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Boy! You sure lucked out with these shots! Great portraits of a feisty little crotter….may she and her babies llive in peace…..

  7. Jerry Ellison June 7, 2016 at 9:13 am

    It’s so rare to get shots of a Badger at all I think they’re great. We have to take what we’re offered in terms of subjects, lighting etc and that’s what makes photography so fun and life so good! Thanks Mia…Jer

  8. SallyW June 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

    And to think they cull them in Britain, and have fotr a long time … Such a beautiful animal! Loved seeing these, thanks again:)

  9. Stephen leonard June 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Love the war paint

  10. Kathie June 7, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Mia, what great shots! What an amazing encounter! I would have wept tears of joy!

  11. Liz Cormack June 7, 2016 at 8:25 am

    W O W !!

  12. Marie Read June 7, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Great shots, Mia!

  13. Bob McPherson June 7, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Beautiful photos Mia.

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