Paul Kirtley’s article is well worth following up … we can each do this, even without all the camo-kit. Do remember not to wear rustly clothes and to try to get the breeze blowing from the animal to you … enjoy 🙂
The Frontier Bushcraft team often have some lovely wildlife encounters while out in the woods running courses. And so do the course participants – fallow deer walking past tarps at first light, fawns sitting silently amongst the bracken, badgers crashing out of the bushes onto a track, sparrowhawks swooping, vocal woodpeckers checking us out, foxes skulking on the outskirts of camp, a family of buzzards circling overhead, to name but a few of the recent occurrences.
These encounters are often fleeting and we typically don’t have a camera in our hands to record the moment.
Last week I had the luxury of some free time in the woods at our Sussex course site. James was leading an Elementary Wilderness Bushcraft Course and I was camped nearby.
I had made a point of bringing my DSLR camera with me.
The intention was to have a quiet wander around the woods to see what I could see.
But also have a camera at the ready.
I was particularly interested in getting some photos of badgers and was planning to head out in the early evening and mooch around until dark.
I put on some soft-soled boots, an old DPM smock, a floppy-rimmed jungle hat and some thin gloves to mask my hands.
Armed with binos and my camera I headed out to see what I could see.
Over a couple of evenings, I had some fantastic encounters. I wasn’t being particularly sneaky or stealthy, just walking quietly and paying attention to the wind direction. This is something anyone could do.
The photos below record some of my encounters over the two evenings I headed out…
The latter part of the day at this time of year brings with it a lot of wildlife activity. With some quiet movement, you may well be surprised at what you see or how close you can manage to get….