It couldn't have been more than twenty minutes after I posted my effort, yesterday, that a hedgehog turned up at the feeding station. I completely screwed up the photos due to a focussing error that was totally my fault. I quickly discovered this cock-up as soon as I looked at the images on the back of the camera - bollocks!! However luck, it seems, was on my side as a short while later the hedgehog returned for a second course and this time there was no repeat of my school-boy error. With the image captured I was well pleased that another of my, self-imposed, challenges had been achieved. I have photographed hedgehogs at our feeding station in every month of the year. Not something that I would have thought possible before the onset of the pandemic and the "stay at home" messages emanating from our political leadership. If there has been anything positive, as a direct consequence of lockdown, then for me it has to be a heightened awareness of the diversity of wildlife that shares my space. If staying local now becomes the new normal, then I am incredibly fortunate to live where I do. For all the negative press Thanet receives, it is still a superb place to witness the wonders of our natural world. Now for a few photos!
|April 2020 and the project gets underway.|
|August 2020 and action is non-stop. My camera work remains a little bit|
"here & there" but with so many hedgehogs coming to the feeding station even
a clown will have the odd moment of success?
|September 2020 and I'm now well into the project. |
With a number of "colour marked" animals now visiting the garden I'm starting
to have doubts about the motives of some other members of "Hedgehog Street"
|October 2020 - I'm already expecting a gradual wind down in the numbers of |
individuals visiting the feeding station. Not so, activity remained at a high level, although
it was noticeable that many of the hedgehogs were youngsters.
|November 2020 - still they come. It was becoming obvious that the visitors were getting|
ready for hibernation, thus making the most of the banquet on offer in our garden.
Aggression was witnessed on many occasions.
|I had managed to photograph a hedgehog 38 minutes after the start of 2021. |
They continued to be recorded on a daily basis up until 12th Jan when the weather took a
turn for the worse.
|The image I so nearly missed? Last night's visitor to the feeding station.|