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High flier, Roe, Blue springs.

I could not sleep last night and at an unearthly hour I was sitting in the kitchen when I spotted this guy. He is VERY small and I am not sure he is not one of this year's cubs. But the earliest I have usually seen them in other years, is around July. Anyway he was very small and very engaging. Done at a ludicrously high ISO.

Always a joy to see here in the brecks, and fens. Archive, not uploaded before, Poors fen.

a rather startled stoat ,who popped up right in front of me .golden oldies time with this weather

Happened to notice this one partied too much New Years Eve.....feet are forward, body backward...tail under the head.......must be "limbered up".......:0)

I think this is an Alpaca native to South America. It belongs to the Camel family. Near Bishton. Staffordshire UK 27th October 2014

Similar to one the other day, but a different frame

Well I finally got out to shoot some deer today. I guess I missed the rut as these two males seemed very happy with each others company. Liked the symmetry of this shot as they passed each other.

 

The deer pointing to the left had an eye missing wonder if that was a rutting injury?

Common Eland - taken at West Midlands Safari Park shortly before he stole the box of animal food from the car!

Three nearly full grown cubs. Another old one from the "Not processed" archives - do see the larger version. farm3.static.flickr.com/2500/5741772947_5e2983a017_o.jpg

Feeding in a field of Spring Barley.Those huge hind legs make this mammal such a great runner.

Goat Enjoying the Remnants of a Christmas Tree

One Photo a Day 2015, January 31

Grey Squirrel leaping between trees.

Lots of tail chasing today, Blue Springs.

ahhh....if you think I'm trying to be cute...naaah I'm just sleepy...with all this people around, I could only blink.

the grizzly at Pocatello zoo in it's pool.

Stoat Notes

 

My what a treat awaited us today when we set down to see what was about.

 

The results went to confirm the wisdom of our experience that if you root a wrinkly and wait you will get something turn up and turn up it eventually did.

 

Four and half hours waiting and then watching stoats one of the things on my lifetime wish list.

 

After about an hour during which my husband got bored and went for a walk I thought I saw the black tip of a stoats tail disappear among rocks.,

 

A long wait ensued during which my husband returned and knowing what I thought I had seen his interest grew.

 

We stood like statues not daring to move and thankfully the wind was into our faces so the animals could not get wind of us.

 

We waited and then as usual just out of range of the 300mm lens + 2x converter they appeared three kits playing.

 

I had a few clicks but the results were not what I had hoped for so we waited and waited and eventually were rewarded by a few shots of these delightful mammals at slightly closer range.

 

I hope you can sense my delight and our excitement as they played so energetically and with mercurial speed. They tumbled and jumped on each other but sadly I could not capture this as the shutter speed was far too low so settled for shots when for a nano second they were still!!!

 

At one stage the parents joined in and did not even engage or challenge a rabbit that ran right through their play area.

 

I can tell you that we will never ever forget this experience – truly amazing and captivating.

 

Here are a few of the hundreds of clicks I took.

 

I am not asking for confirmation but I must be mad.

 

Having sat in a freezing hide this morning for two hours hoping for kingfishers I then return home and after seeing the mice on the logs I decided to have a go at them exploring rose hips.

 

All part of a test my husband and I are running to show the variety of food stuffs that they will eat.

 

So far. Live maggots, dried mealworms, acorns, hazel nuts, peanuts. And now rose hips. Running out of ideas so any polite suggestions.

 

Another frolic from yesterday, Blue Springs.

Clearly this chap was considering his position as he stamped the ground is a threatening manner as they do when they are challenging another stag.

 

I stood perfectly still about seventy five yards away but clearly had he charged I would have had little chance of escape as even Usain Bolt would have been made to look sluggish.

 

The moment passed allowing me these few clicks. as the drizzle fell

Stoat about to charge. Unfortunately it went into dense cover, so I missed the chase.

Had a look at an old haunt today, glad I did. Even though I could not get any near boxing shots, I counted over seventy Hare's in nine fields. Definitely a location to return to soon.

While photographing a Fallow Stag I decided to remove the extender from my lens to get a different composition. As the Camera was in pieces and my hands fumbling with Extender caps I noticed the stags attention was focused on something. As I followed his line of sight I saw a Stoat busily hussling towards me. To say I was thin in sheer panic would be an understatement. My fumbling with the lenses and camera became painfully long as the Stoat then stopped less than 10 yards in front of me and then proceeded to sit back on his hind legs to stand tall perched on a particularly photograpghic log. By the time the camera was together he had snuck off into some nearby bracken. I waited for 10 minutes for him to remerge but had no luck.

 

Feeling lucky to have seen him, but unlucky to have decided to change the camera lenses I set to work on my Stag portrait. As I clicked away I noticed the Stags attention drawn again. I looked up and this little guy was posing perfectly. I managed to reframe my rig and grab 2 images before he busily carried on with his day.

 

Definetly a moment to remember for a very long time. Lucky Days :-)

 

Best viewed large :-)

 

Stoat (Mustela erminea) – Devon, UK

 

Canon 7D

Canon 500mm F4 IS plus 1.4x Extender

1/400

F5.6

ISO 500

Evaluative metering +/3

Tripod

 

Text adapted from – en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stoat

 

The stoat also known as the ermine or short-tailed weasel, is a species of Mustelid native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. Its range has expanded since the late 19th century to include New Zealand, where it is held responsible for declines in native bird populations. It is classed by the IUCN as Least Concern, due to its wide circumpolar distribution, and the fact that it does not face any significant threat to its survival. It is listed among the 100 “world’s worst alien invasive species”.

 

The root word for “stoat” is likely either the Belgic word stout, meaning “bold” r the Gothic word stautan, meaning “to push”. ccording to John Guillim, in his Display of Heraldrie, the word “ermine” is likely derived from Armenia, the nation where it was thought the species originated, hough other authors have linked it to the Norman French from the Teutonic harmin (Anglo-Saxon hearma). This again seems to come from the Lithuanian word šarmu. In Ireland (where the least weasel does not occur), the stoat is referred to as “weasel”, while in North America it is called “short-tailed weasel”. A male stoat is called a dog, hob or jack, while a female is called a bitch or jill. The collective noun for stoats is either “gang” or “pack”.

 

This is"Sandy" who ran about in front of me quite happily for about 10 minutes allowing me to take lots of photos of his antics.

Now where did that Vole go.......

I think I know the reason why it's so hard to sneak up on these beauties they can hear you from miles away

Mountain lions are near the higher end of the food chain. The weakest prey will catch their attention rather quickly. They make a good living on the deer up in the hills around here.

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