When Months of Hard Work Pays Off: Photographing Wild Scandanavian Badgers

One photographer has spent months setting up trail cameras and tracking the whereabouts of badgers and foxes on a protected island in Denmark. Finally, he got the footage and shots he wanted.

If you're unfamiliar with Morten Hilmer, he's ex-Danish Special Forces turned wildlife photographer and has one of the most tranquil and enjoyable photography YouTube channels on the platform. Not only is he somewhat of an expert when it comes to an outdoors life and the love and preservation of nature, but he's a fantastic wildlife photographer to boot. His YouTube videos are often behind-the-scenes looks at his wildlife and nature shoots in Denmark's wilderness. There's a refreshing quietness to them as he takes breathtaking shots, in this case, of badgers.

A lot of our readership is based in the United States — and I don't want to start a war — but if there's one thing Europe has over the U.S. it's the attractiveness of our badgers. The black and white stripes, long snout, and dopey eyes make the European badger look like a Disney character compared to the war-torn looking rage machine in America. That said, even these chubby cartoon characters on this continent can be utterly vicious. They are not at all common to see and finding their dens takes a lot of searching or prior knowledge. So, sit back and enjoy as Hilmer captures this Danish badger den in the morning light.

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Spy Black's picture

We don't need no steenkin badgers...

Erik Nilsson's picture

Living in Sweden, we mostly only ever see badgers at the side of the road.. dead.. So I completely understand that you would need to go to this length to get such good shots!

Once I was taking photos of the sun rising over a lake when I hear something very loud in the bushes behind me, and out comes a badger! I've got my 18-140mm on in manual mode with a long shutter speed, so my first shot is very.. artistic! But my second photo turned out fairly okay.