Saturday, 26 May 2007

Hedgehogs fight during Moonshot....

It was a clear night (makes a change!) The moon looked particularly luminous and crisp, so I decided to see if I could get a few shots. I was chuffed with my new camcorder, and with the optical zoom alone I managed to get a nice picture. Lots of craters, I couldn't get that sort of detail with my old faithful VHS cam!
Shooting video allowed me to get even closer due to the higher shutter speed..."What's that noise?..."
Snuffling sounds, rustling and now loud squeals! The cat streaks past me, looking very concerned. I quickly unscrewed the camera from its tripod and rushed up the garden...

To my surprise, all this commotion was being caused by hedgehogs!


Normally quiet and placid, these little chaps were having a real fight.



I'm not familiar with the rules of hedgehog fighting, but it seems to be, run in circles and try to bite your oppositions nose off!




I suppose when you're both covered in spines it somewhat limits any other tactics!
All noses intact, it seemed that one had apparently won. The loser retired to the sanctuary of the tarpaulin over the kayaks.





"What do you mean, you want a saucer of pilchards?"...."You had pilchards yesterday!"...






"Don't you threaten me...."







"Right, pilchards it is then!"..








2 comments:

Lesley said...

I wish I had hedgehogs in my garden! My niece used to have an albino hedgehog as a pet, he was a cute little guy.

Russell Hill said...

Maan, the moon sends me nuts too. I often find myself naked, alone and drinking milk out of saucers in other peoples gardens...