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Badger surrounded by midges – In all of the years that I’ve photographed at this particular badger sett this evening stands uniquely alone for the sheer number of insects that seemed to be swarming around Mr Badger. I usually carry some insect repellent with me as, being strawberry flavoured it seems that I am irresistible to midges and indeed all biting insects. Whilst I’m no fan of the horrendous chemicals found in insect repellents I do often consider it a necessary evil, to long waits on windless evenings otherwise can be excruciatingly frustrating. On this occasion though I was fully prepared and I was also fortunate that the wind direction meant that I was photographing the badger using backlighting which helped to reveal the full extent of the midgey swarm. The badger though, doubtless with a much larger pain threshold and more used to tolerating even the slightest level of discomfort, seemed largely unperturbed by them but did at least stop regularly to have a good scratch. I am however still yet to capture a clean image of the long sought after ‘badger rolls onto his back and comically scratches his belly’ image which has long been a goal of mine. Though I did witness this behaviour a couple of times on this evening the badger would usually do it whilst partially obscured but, it is the quest for moments such as these that keep me returning to the same species year after year. When sorting through the images later it was then simply a case of trying to find a clean composition that included the midges, preferably one where the badgers eyes weren’t obscured and of all of the images this one was one of the best. Please #followme at @andyparkinsonphoto to keep up-to-date with my images @andyparkinsonphoto @natgeo @thephotosociety #badger #midges #backlight #derbyshire #phototips #ethicsbeforeimages #nature #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #wildlife #animalsofinstagram #educateandinspire #donoharm #wild_animalsgram #animalonearth #wildlifeaddicts_ #animal_beauty #nature_brilliance #nationalanimals

Had a great time today with these awesome people! Took a grand tour of the highlands! Complete with rain, rain, more rain, and a stop at the green welly. #midges #kilchurncastle #glenetive #glencoe #inveraray

Things got pretty wild at the LHS bike club this afternoon! 🚵‍♀️🤘🏻😎#shredders #mtb #midges #toocoolforschool

No great success with the water living creatures this trip. The flying and climbing ones LOVED us though. #mosquitos #midges #hell

No path? Make your own like @chrisakrigg. Link to full vid by @williamevans in Chris' bio #midges

Hosting a midge-and-gin party, after being pied by the private members' party at the yacht club #camping #gin #bloomgin #midges #lakedistrict

A few random bugs from yesterday #flytying #flytyingjunkie #flyporn #midges

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Went for a walk today up Fyrish....is anyone able to explain what the purpose of midges are! Flying piranhas is a more accurate description #walking #photography #photo #photos #hillwalking #midges #scenery #landscape

It was a day of typical Scottish Weather yesterday on Loch Maree - Rain, Sunshine and Midges.

It was great to explore one of my favourite areas in Scotland from the water instead of by foot.

My favourite place in the world.... 💙💙💙 #glenmuick #walk #happiness #scotland #heather #midges

My adventure over seeing auntie mags love my up north family good times laughs and fun wish mum was there #gaybear #scotland #birthday #70th #flu #party #tired #train #gaygym #gayboy #carrbridge #edinburgh #midges #follow #pic #photo #selfie #trains stations #sleepy #rest #sunday #fun #cutie #family

Morning view. Making the most of lake district visits with @benball94 and hammock camping. Midges can go do one though. -
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#Cumbria #cumbriauniversity #ambleside #me #forestry #forestrymanagement #hammock #hammockcamp #ben #view #midges #tarp #lakedistrict

Camping in den Highlands #whw #westhighlandway #camping #midges

Had a great time today with these awesome people! Took a grand tour of the highlands! Complete with rain, rain, more rain, and a stop at the green welly. #midges #kilchurncastle #glenetive #glencoe #inveraray

Sun was out! Sure why wouldnt I 😁??
#mtb #eaten #alive #by #midges #not #midgets

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