Nature at night

24 May 2018 – 22:05 Usually, this is a time at which people start to get ready to go to bed, but for us, bedtime is still a long way away. We’ve entered a small hide somewhere in the Netherlands, and the long wait begins. We’ve unpacked, placed all things we might need somewhere under reach and settled in our chairs. Our goal tonight is to photograph Martens. Both Beech and Pine Martens have been seen from this hide, even though the latter not as often as the first.

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Brown Rat

22:17 It didn’t take long before we saw our first mammal: a Brown Rat was checking out the bait that was placed in front of the hide. Not the species we came for, but still. Rats don’t have a good name, but in this setting, it was nice to be able to observe them for some time.

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Western Hedgehog

25 May 2018 – 00:30 Almost three hours and several rats and mice later, finally something more substantial shows up. Not as slim as we hoped, but suddenly we have a Hedgehog in front of our hide. Clearly not afraid of any predator, it took its time going through the vegetation, searching for food. After around twenty minutes he left us again, waiting for more animals…

 

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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