Just how lucky can a person be?

I have 5 camera traps out on the marsh. Mike Averill, a fellow marsher, puts out his single trap on the bank of the River Stour for two nights and bags an otter, a mink, a fox, a badger, and geese. Mike has not sent me the badger image. Just how lucky can a person get? I’m sure it’s beginner’s luck, but you have to hand it to him: he has brought home the bacon this time. There is no denying photographic evidence. “Sick as a pig” comes to mind here. Well done, Mike!

Mike Averill writes:  Winding through the valley where Kidderminster sits, is the River Stour, acting like a motorway for wildlife linking the wetlands of Puxton and Wilden. There is plenty to see in the daytime if it is quiet, but un-noticed by most people is the night shift, which uses the river to get around. Canada Geese, Mink and most importantly the Otter pass through and sometimes leave the river to explore the Marsh. Resident Badger and Fox visit the landing place to check the visitors.

Fox.

Fox.

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Otter.

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Otter.

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Mink.

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Mink.

Geese.

Geese.

Evil Eye.

Sunrise: 05.49 Sunset: 08.26

Wading through the northern end of the withy wood this afternoon, the sitting goose gave me the evil eye again. The marsh foxes are probably afraid of this bird, or they would have had her eggs before now.

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Canada Goose sitting on her eggs.

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Canada Goose sitting on her eggs.

Stay away from my eggs, mister, or I will see you off!

Sunrise: 05.59 Sunset: 08.18

I’m tripping over ground nests, eggs, goslings and ducklings on the marsh today, walking on eggs shells left by predators.

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Stay away from my eggs, mister, or I will see you off!

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Goose eggs, anyone?

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I said stay away from my eggs, mister! I won’t tell you again! Here comes my mate, he’ll sort you out!