Some animals just make me laugh. It is just anthropomorphism, I know, but I can’t help it. One of those animals is the badger. I have seen them a few times in the wild, but always fleeting. At my Vermejo Park Ranch photo workshop last month, we spotted one waddling around the prairie and got to actually follow and watch it for about 20 minutes.

The badger waddled around through the sage like a grumpy old man with a short attention span. He would dig for a bit with a huge splatter of dirt, looking for stuff to eat, then get bored and amble off another direction, only to repeat the process over and over, with no apparent rhyme or reason. Nearby prairie dogs barked at him like hecklers heckling a comedian, but the badger just ignored them, refusing to even acknowledge their presence.

At one point he was moving straight towards me as I knelt on the ground with my tripod and camera as low As I could go. I thought I was going to get a really nice photo opportunity and then he suddenly veered off the other direction to dig somewhere else. . . . Oh well.

I did get a couple of decent shots and a great experience, so I can’t complain. It was just fun to watch.

Badger, Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico, USA.

Badger, Vermejo Park Ranch, New Mexico, USA. Canon 7D II. 200-400mm lens @ effective focal length of 1280mm. ISO 800. f/8 @ 1/800 second.