The other day I had a rare close encounter with a Badger. He was intent on digging up black-tailed prairie dogs - so much so that I was able to exit my car, move around to a better angle for the light, and lie flat on the prairie for eye level photos. Time elapsed between my first and last shot was exactly one hour. That's a long time to spend with a badger. Here, he has decided to come over and investigate me. Look at those claws!
When he came within my minimum focus range, I said in a soft voice, "Whoa, buddy, I think you're getting a little too close!" Startled, the badger ran back to his diggings. I think he had no idea I was a human being. The wind was blowing toward me, so he couldn't scent me. Even after this, Mr. Badger didn't give up, and I was privileged to watch him continue his work for another half hour.
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
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