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Stoat | by Karen van der Zijden
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Today I just couldn’t believe my luck when I had a chance encounter with a stoat. I was walking in the hills around Grantown-on-Spey when I noticed from the corner of my eye something quickly ducking behind a rock. I decided to wait and see what would happen.


After quite a while a little head popped up from behind the rock. It was looking at me inquisitively. Initially I thought it was a weasel even though it seemed a bit bigger, but when it showed the black tip on its tail a bit later on I realised it was a stoat.


I was very happy with the photos I took, this is my favourite.


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Taken on July 24, 2011