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Steppe Polecat

Steppe Polecat
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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-09-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS10D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/750 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-12 7:56
Viewed: 17129
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Steppe Polecat Mustela eversmannii (Lesson, 1827)
The Steppe Polecat (Mustela eversmannii) is a small carnivore and is one of several species of weasel that belong to the genus Mustela. It can also be referred to as the Siberian polecat.
The Steppe Polecat is found in the steppes and sub-deserts of Eastern Europe and republics of the former USSR. It is also found in Mongolia and West, Central and North East China.
The Steppe Polecat breeds during March to April. Gestation ranges from 39 to 43 days. Birth has been observed around mid-May and average litter size is 6.8 young.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-12 7:59]

Hi Tom . Not an animal you see on TN very often so thanks for posting. I like the pose you have captured with the Polecat looking over his back. Good detail and colours. with a nice POV/ DOF. very well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Tom,
Very nice capture of an animal one does'nt see images very often.
Love the way the colors of the fur do stand out against the green of the grassess.
Excellent sharpness, DOF and exposure due to wich the details in the fur are wonderfully visible.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards and have a nice Sunday evening,

You caught a good pose here Tom, and I like how the animal stands out from the defocused grass in front and behind.
It looks to me like you cropped in quite heavily here, but the sharpness on the polecat is still pretty good, although not as good as it would have been if you'd managed to get in closer and fill the frame.
The shot would have had more impact taken in better light as it's a bit flat and dull at the moment, but you have to work with the conditions you find at the time. Overall, I like it.


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-12 11:40]

selam tom, excellent shot and very good composition of this animal nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

excellent exposure and DOF!lovely pose of this mustela!:-)
how did you see him?i guess that s not usual to have the luck to see one in the nature?
see u

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-08-12 14:51]

Great capture with perfect DOF. Flat? No way. Dull? Are you kidding? No - you did a great job on this one, that I've never seen in the wild! Kudos! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Tom,
very nice capture of this polecat. great colors and details (I can see a tick on its neck), especially on fur. POV and position of polecat very nice. POV also very well. good notes. thanks. best wishes

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-12 19:30]

Hello Tom

A wonderful capture of this Steppe Polecat.The focus and details are excellent.The fur texture is wonderful.Very good POV.TFS


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2007-08-13 5:32]

Hi Tom,

Very original capture of a special animal. Never seen it before. I like the POV, DOF and crop you made.


Hey Tom,
Nice shot, it looks like it was a distance away. You got a nice clear photo.


Another beautyful shot, well composed and with neat details.

Well done!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-10-04 15:05]

Hello Tom,
Cute weasel, with beautifully colored coat, your excellent camera work gives us a clear crisp image to view.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-10-11 11:36]

Hi Tom,
I did'nt comment on this excptional slide before because on TN I usually concentrate on macro shots of insects. You did a very good job here, what with the sharpness, the alert posture of the animal and the hole it seems to disappear in the next millisecond. But the picture is of course special in the sense that this species of polecats has rarely been documented in the wild. Thanks for all.
My best regards,

o poza reusita a unui mamifer greu de observat!

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