American badger popping out of a den at Point Reyes.

I’d like to pretend that a great deal of skillful detective work and understanding of animal behavior went into this photo. Honestly, I pretty much stumbled onto the badger. From the look on its face, we were equally surprised to see each other. I dropped to the ground to get an eye level shot. The badger didn’t hang around very long.

Now that I know what badger habitat looks like, hopefully my next sighting will be a bit more planned and a bit less traumatic for everyone involved.