Half Term

Today is the first day of half term.

To begin the half term I went to the Outdoor show which is four different shows merge together to make one big show. These shows were The Dive Show , The Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, The London Bike Show and The Triathlon Show. My personal favourite was the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show because of the Outdoor photography photobox where you could hear different speakers talk about their experiences. The most inspirational speaker was Bertie Gregory, telling his fascinating stories of his quest to capture elusive wildlife, such as the urban leopard, on camera.

Outdoor show

In the Dive Show part we looked around the Underwater photography awards and met up with mums friend, Dan Bolt, who is the British underwater photographer of 2016. Dan takes some amazing photographs

http://www.underwaterpics.co.uk/

Whalefest had their tent at the show, including an activity where you were able to crawl through a ghost net wearing fins and gloves to try and get an insight in to what it must be like for a mammal trapped in one of these discarded nets. It was a great way to highlight the problems of rubbish in our oceans.

Ghost nets

I am still practicing with my new 250mm lens on my Bushnell trail camera. My latest attempt is the best so far. I had noticed tiny mouse droppings on the bird feeder so decided this would be a good spot to aim the camera at. The first couple of times the camera was triggered the mouse scurried off, but after 3 times the mouse got used to either the LED’s or the noise of the camera starting and just got on with eating.

Woodmouse 250mm lens on bird feederWoodmouse on bird feeder 250mm lens

It is interesting to see the way the wood mouse sorts through to find the best seeds, its favourite being the sunflower seed which it quickly takes off the shell before eating.

As it is now half term I can spend more time watching the badgers without having to worry too much about it being a school night. Four badgers appeared 5 minutes after our arrival, quickly lifting their noses up to sniff the air. The wind was coming from the East across the sett so we had to stand in a different place to normal. I don’t think they expected us to be where we were because one badger stood on my mums foot. This time of year things are quite quiet around the sett, with hopefully cubs already born or due very soon underground.

Badger Feb half termTwo badgers Feb half termbadger Feb half term 2

On the walk back home the sky was clear and we took it in turns to wish upon the many shooting stars we saw.

 

 

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. I am a keen amateur photographer using a Canon SX60 HS. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild
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