Saturday, 26 February 2011

Hedgehog Midnight Feast

The night before last I saw the Hedgehog under the Birdy Bistro at bedtime. I had put the camcorder away and by the time I set it up again hedgie had gone. Last night I left everything set up just in case. My luck was in. Just after I had locked up for the night it arrived. The video is grainy as the only light is four small LED lamps about 1.5m above the feeding area so the XL2 had to be used on night vision.

H is enjoying dried raisins and dried mealworms - ignoring the kibbled unsalted peanuts.

If you are going to put out food and drink for hedgehogs remember they only need water to drink - milk is bad for them as their system cannot digest it. Food must be unsalted. Crushed unsalted peanuts, dried mealworms, raisins, cat food but not things like corned beef or spam as they are salty.

This is the setup I used. XL2 fitted with a Canon EF 70-200mm lens. The above was filmed at 70mm but with the adaptor to get the lens to fit the camcorder it acts like a 500mm telephoto lens.

Canon XL2

I spent a while this morning altering the LED lighting to see whether I can improve it a bit.


  1. It was definitely enjoying the feast there John. It looks nice and plump, do you think it is one from last year?

  2. Hello Jan. I'm pretty sure it's the one eyed one I saw visiting last summer. I don't know if it only has one eye but one doesn't reflect light so it is easier to identify.

  3. It is a smashing camera. The photographer deserves praise as well. Another lovely video.

  4. Love that set up you have John.
    Good to see the hog looking well.

  5. Hello Keith. It has been visiting every night since it woke up.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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