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lonestranger

Backyard Ermine/Stoat/Short-tailed Weasel

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For the past few weeks we have been seeing a weasel around the yard, usually in the early morning and usually in the vicinity of our vehicles. On Thursday morning around 8am I spotted the little critter scampering out from under my van and finally managed to snap a photo before he disappeared into the wood pile. It's a poor photo but I was still glad to get the shot, mainly to confirm the ID as short-tailed and make sure it wasn't the long-tailed weasel. 

 

27101698541_12b1d61971_c.jpgErmine1 by lonestranger102, on Flickr

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Very cute! Weasels are the best. I had a Long-tailed spend the whole winter in my yard several years ago and it too got very close to me, but while I was in my photography blind. It actually tried to run up underneath the blind by I made a loud sound that prevented it from doing that (definitely wasn't a girly scream ;):P ).

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I spotted the ermine again on Friday around noon and had the DSLR mounted on the tripod this time instead of the point and shoot I used on Thursday. I snapped a few shots of him darting around the van and then he ran into the wood pile where he posed for a few half decent shots, this being my favourite.

 

26565631223_58df929cb9_c.jpgErmine2 by lonestranger102, on Flickr

 

 

 

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Then a few minutes later the ermine decided to come over and introduce himself to me. I had to pick up the P&S because the little critter was too close for the 400mm lens now that he was only about 5-6 feet away. 

 

27169862545_753c18f574_c.jpgErmine3 by lonestranger102, on Flickr

 

26565555003_6e99ff4e02_c.jpgErmine4 by lonestranger102, on Flickr

 

 

27101640381_7d5b059422_c.jpgErmine5 by lonestranger102, on Flickr

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