When I let Bobby out about 9 p.m. I was more than a bit surprised to see a hedgehog already on the paved area under the bird feeders. Normal early shift is just after 10 p.m. and the late shift around 1 a.m.. I hadn't even started to get the food ready for hogs. Of course I had just put the cameras away for the night. Bobby went in the front garden and by the time we returned to the back door there was not a hedgehog to be seen or heard.
I hurriedly prepared some crushed unsalted peanuts and added a slack handful of dried mealworms then scattered them on the slabs hoping the hog would come back again while it was still light enough to take a photo or two.
My luck was in - somebody was hungry. About half an hour later the hog reappeared. Not wanting to disturb him - I think it was Henry - I leant the camera against the glass in the back door. Too dark. Slow shutter, blurry pictures. Oh well, try with the flash. Had to focus manually but the idea worked - no reflection from the glass, probably as the camera was pointing well down and the rubber hood was against the glass.
I also managed a short piece of video from the outside camera. Henry was having a drink of water to wash down all that free food.
I hadn't realised until I looked at these photographs how large the feet are. I seem to remember reading that the legs are longer than they look - three to four inches long. Also they can run as fast as a person can walk. They certainly never seem to hang around and always seem to be rushing somewhere.
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