Pantomime location: gravel path beside wildlife pond, Day 25. The main character (garden blogger) is standing below a flowering wisteria watching for moths and other insects to photograph. She patiently waits but alas no insect activity is seen.
The star character (hedgehog) returns to the location previously spotted earlier in the evening. It is enticed back by a handful mix of dried mealworms, sultanas, sunflower hearts and crushed unsalted peanuts put out on the path and grass edge of the pond.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Since this blog was uploaded more information and articles have become available. Please avoid feeding bird food to wild hedgehogs. Although they will enjoy it (especially dried mealworms) these foods can cause Metabolic Bone Disease in hedgehogs. Sultanas are bad for their teeth too. Please follow the following link to the August 2020 update on feeding wild hedgehogs after reading this post.
The main character is completely oblivious to the star character’s presence for a second time. The pantomime audience shouts: “It’s behind you!”
A munching noise alerts the main character to turn round. Standing on a gravel path she cannot move her feet as the noise will scare the star character away. She stands very still.
It’s a special moment for the main character, standing so close to this endangered species. Watching the star character for real is so much better than live on the feeding station IR camera, indoors at the PC. The main character is transfixed.
A quiet move of the tripod allows the main character to take a handful of photos. Using a zoom lens the flash doesn’t bother the star character who carries on feeding. The main character takes her hands away from the camera and just enjoys the moment.
The voice of a background character (daughter indoors) is heard calling for the main character via a house window. “There’s a hedgehog on the path!” she quietly exclaims. The main character walks on the gravel path to meet the background character… the star character goes back out into the night… the end.
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in June 2016.