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________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mammals 40 Ė Weasels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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         The photographer had not had any previous encounters with a Weasel Mustela nivalis carrying prey that would have been possible to photograph and the previous failed attempt merely caught a glimpse of the rear end of one high-tailing it along a path at high speed! The nearest equivalent to this series would have been some pictures of a Stoat Mustela erminea stabilis (illustrated on another page on this site) with a freshly killed Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus taken back in 1985 so this the opportunity to take these images of a Weasel carrying a Field or Short-tailed Vole Microtus agestis at Rainham Marshes 34 years later was gratefully accepted. The photographer had been in pursuit of a Barn Owl Tyto alba and it was a matter of sheer good fortune that he noticed the little mustelid standing on the path in front of him at all. The light was abysmal and the camera was deliberately pre-set to a -0.7 stop under-exposure to capture a very pale owl against a very dark background at 2000 ISO. There was no time for any adjustments to be made but fortunately the lens was (erroneously) already switched for close-focussing and these settings enabled a slightly faster shutter-speed to be used. Given the gloomy conditions the photographs came out rather better than had been anticipated with the aid of auto-adjustment. All of these photographs have been cropped. A great deal of fortune is required to experience sightings like this of these tiny but fierce little predators and they donít happen very often.

 

 

 

 

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