First of all, thanks Ghillie and Josie for your comments on the last post. Sorry I haven’t got around to replying sooner. The consensus is that the badger at the Pine Tree sett could well be Nick, but I guess we’ll never know for sure. What I need is some sort of badger face recognition software…
I’ve just come back from a peaceful evening at the Pine Tree sett. It was totally undisturbed by badgers, anyway.
I was making another attempt to photograph the badger there. Everything was right. The wind was coming from a slightly different direction so I didn’t have to sit in the nettles – I had a perfect view of the sett entrance from directly downwind. I was dressed up in my best camouflage outfit and my silhouette was well hidden by the bank of earth. I was in a comfortable position and I sat still for an hour and a half until it got too dark for pictures. In short, it was perfect, except that no badger showed itself.
To be honest, it’s a complex sett. There are at least two active holes a hundred yards apart and (it seems) only one badger. It could well have been in the other hole and I’d never have known.
I don’t regard evenings like this as wasted, not in the slightest. It is enjoyable to sit there on a comfortable bed of leaves and listen to the wind in the trees and the owls hooting. There’ll be plenty of chances to get to grips with the badgers again in the future.