Another new creature – the Badger
When I left for Yellowstone, I knew that there were Badgers there but I really didn’t expect to see one or be able to photograph one. That changed as I was driving through the Lamar Valley scanning the hillside for animals and noticed some movement in a small grass field surrounded by taller brush. I thought that it was a marmot at first but it seemed to be lower to the ground and definitely different coloring with more black. I was thrilled as I got my camera up and clearly saw that it was a Badger.
I was also a little surprised as I thought these guys were nocturnal (they are) – but there he was. By the time I got just a couple of shots, he meandered back into the long brush and was gone. As I got back in my car I was surprised to see that I had caused a small “badger jam” as at least 5 other cars had stopped and their occupants were scrambling to get cameras out focused.
It is always a thrill to not only see an animal that I haven’t seen in the wild before but also get a few decent shots in – lucky is good.