Nature at Night – 3

01:25 Only a few minutes have passed since the Polecat had left. My eyes and camera are still pointed towards the righthand side of the view, where the Polecat was seen last. Will he come back again?

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Beech Marten

Then suddenly, at the other end of the light part of our view, movement! And yes, there he is, the Beech Marten!! Fortunately, he takes his (or her?) time and gives away an excellent show for us. He quickly checks all places where bait has been placed (nicely out of view from the hide), meanwhile nicely posing for the camera.

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Beech Marten

The marten stays for around ten minutes, leaving two very happy photographers behind. We spent approximately five hours in the hide, hoping for this moment. A long wait, but very rewarding when one of the target species shows up. For the other moments we, fortunately, had the rats to keep us busy.

02:00 Behind the logs I notice movement in the vegetation. I can’t see what’s there, but it must be something bigger again. It looks a little shy, and it takes its time to approach. Then, there it is. Someone’s cat also has a look what’s going on here. I take a few pictures, but I also know this is likely to be the end of our luck. Most likely the presence of this animal, will scare away most of the other wildlife. We still stay for another hour, but I turn out to be right. Only about half an hour later the rats return, but the other animals had gone somewhere else.

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House Cat

Still, it was a super night! Great to see all these Dutch animals of the night, the ones you usually never get to see.

 

 

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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