As some who goes out looking to photograph wildlife I've seen a bit. The best was seeing Mum and Baby Grey Seals this summer swimming in the water. (Pembrokshire Wales)
I was at Coombs Valley Reserve leek also mid summer walking in the woods high up when I heard a noise. At first I thought it was a dog walker but soon realised it wasnt. This is the only picture I could get. To this day not quite sure exactly what it may be. It's too big to be a dog though. You may have to zoom in.
It was me, I sleep rough sometimes👀 I went to a Scottish log cabin type thing a couple of years back and a gang of badgers were absolutely terrorising the campsite, robbing stuff n that. Was great to watch as I wasn’t affected. They would come to my cabin late at night and I’d feed em left overs, about 6 of them. Beautiful creatures.
I always thought badgers avoided human contact, er, Badger..... . They must have sensed a kindred spirit in you😎. But you’re right, this one’s face markings and thick grey coat were quite striking; the roadkill always look more brown than grey.
Probably the weirdest encounter was also a badger. While camping in this part of Wales a few years ago a night time pee was needed so off to the communal bogs where the bin area was. What I thought was a fox (because of the colour) was staring back at me while munching on a piece of rubbish. Real attitude it had as well as if to say "what are you going to do about it?". As it slowly turned you could see that it was a very distinctive ginger variety, everything that should have been black markings were red. Went to the loo, came out and it was ambling off towards someone's tent to snuffle around.
Just as an aside for the kind folks who have posted about loving to feed the wildlife in their gardens, as it's Hallowe'en tomorrow here's a quick mention about pumpkins:
Just in case anyone buys one for decoration and then doesn't want to roast/eat it or make soup you might like to know that slices of leftover fresh pumpkin should be put out in the garden for birds, hedgehogs, etc., to eat, rather than just throwing it in the bin. This includes the seeds, which are great for bird food although most people always seem to throw them away.
Hopefully the video will show up......was fishing 30 miles out off the coast of NW Washington. On the way back in, we ran into a pod of about 50 Orcas (Killer Whales)......this is a small fraction of what was around us. We stopped and drifted......mothers and calves going under our 28' boat.