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Is the coast clear

Is the coast clear
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-01
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-20 12:30
Viewed: 3946
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 68
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another stoat picture from the BWC. This stoat, peeking out of his hole in the grass, still has part of his winter ermine coat. I will be putting a crop as a workshop you you can see the details of the face.

How to tell the difference between a stoat or weasel by wildlife britain:

Telling the difference between a stoat(Mustela erminea) and a weasel(Mustela nivalis) is very difficult at a glance, which is what most of us get of these little carnivorous mammals.

Both have a very similar diet and enjoy similar habitats and range around Britain, yet they tend to stay out of each others way if possible. Male and Female stoats and weasels are referred to as a dog and a bitch respectively. The young are called kittens or kits.

Here are a few facts about each:

Size 15-25cm
Weight 50-120g
Colour Light brown with pale underside
Prey Voles, mice, small rabbits, eggs, birds
Life Span 3 Years 10 Years
Seasonal Variation None

Size: 15-30cm
Weight: 100-450g
Colour: Light brown with pale underside, black tip on tail
Prey: Voles, Mice, Rabbits, Hares, Birds, Eggs, Chickens etc.. (not so cute now are they!)
Lifespan: 10 Years
Seasonal Variation: Often turn completely white in winter.

And the joke...

Q. What's the difference between a stoat and weasel?
A. A Weasel is weasily wecognised and a stoat is stoataly different

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-20 12:36]

Hi Karen. Such a cute little face this one has. You have got use to the new kit so well. very good use of the light to give fine detail in the fur with natural looking colours. love the pose withi ts little face looking out. well done TFS.
good notes too.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-20 12:39]

Hi Jaran,
although your career as a comedian may not take off, you could easily make it as a pro wildlife photographer ;o)
Excellent timing and composition, the clarity and detail are really superb, well done! I was hoping to go here this w/e but the weather doesn't look great unfortunately..

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-20 12:58]

Hi Karan,

Your Stoats are the most adorable things! I love this one of him peeking out of his hole. The face is precious and in superb detail. The eyes, the whiskers, the little mouth are wonderful. Beautiful colors of his coat and of the scenery.


Hi Karan,
You are lucky to see those cute little ones. I like this composition a lot and great eye contact! Details are beautiful and so is exposure. This is really well done! Thanks,

hello Karn

lovely shot of this stoat, i love that the animal is hided
in the vegetations, excellent POV, great eye-contact,
excellent sharpness and details of this cute animal's head, TFS


Hello Karan
Excellnt shot of this beautiful creature :O)
Perfect composition,exposure and POV,Welldone my friend.


Hello Karan
How old is that joke!!..But still it makes me laugh!!
Seriously though this is a fine shot with MR Stoat emerging from his lair.
Superb sharp details and a great low pov.

Great eye contact and lovely focus, shows off this mustelid extremely well. Great composition.

A lovely shot of this beauty with excelent details, lighting and framing. Composition is also great. TFS and regards,


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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-03-20 14:31]

Hi Karan,

This capture shows how this animal is: curious. The sharpness is impressing and I like the expression.

Hello Karen,

This is an excellent close-up of the stoat! I know how difficult it can be to capture these very private animals!
You have captured good eye contact and a very alert expression. Lovely facial details and nice composition!

kind regards,
Bev :-)

p.s. Like the joke!
pl :-)

Hi Karan,
Very cute animal. Very nice shot.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-20 15:30]

Hola amiga,
bella captura, preciso pov,
foco y buen encuadre,
buenos colores,
Saludos Karan.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-03-20 18:04]

Hello Karan
Lovely and perfect capture of this beauty. TFS,

Hello Karan,
You are truly a talented photographer in capturing cute mammals always!
my compliment to this shot with such good closeness of the stoat in perfect sharpness, good colour and details
well done always
many thanks

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-03-20 21:08]

Hi Karan

A lovely capture of this cute and nosy little stoat. The workshop also worked very well with excellent details, but that is a stoataly diffelent stolly.

It must have been a case of 'patience pays the price' while you waited for this guy to appear from its burrow. As these guys are rather busy bodies it is probably one of the better moments to capture it. While it was frozen for that moment to scan the surrounding area and make sure the coast is clear you managed to steal this very candid moment. The excellent eye contact gives this shot an added visual stimulus. Well done with the exposure management.

Great work and TFS.

Hello Karan,

Very beautiful capture of this cute stoat (I believe you for the identification :-) ). Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Beautiful natural colours.

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, excellente netteté et couleurs, image parfaitement composée reflétant le curiosité du sujet. Félicitations
Amicalement Robi

Hi Karan,

What a wonderful image of this stoat you are showing us here.
Lovely the way it does peak with the head through the grassess.
Excellent composition, sharpness and exposure due to wich the fur details are beautiflly visible.
Also love the glance in the eye very much.
Great work. TFS!!!

Best regards and I do wish you and yours a very Happy Easter.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-21 9:22]

Hi Karan.
You have pictured a very charming scene of curious glance of the cute animal. Amazing scenery, great framing and composition of the picture, wonderful level of sharpness and blurriness. Soft lights is excellent as well as rich natural colours. My compliments and many thanks.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-21 11:43]

Hi Karan,
what a fabulous shot of this Stoat!
I know they're considered vermin and are lethal predators but you can't help seeing the cute side of them :-)
The POV is very natural and I love the inquistive look on its face.
Very good detail in the soft fur and exceptional clarity.
Great lighting and colours which are nice n' natural.
Brilliant composition.
How often do you go to the BWC?

Cheers Karan!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-21 12:29]

Hello Karan,
Surprising photo of this Stoat. And he is also surprised, I think. Excellent details and catchlight in the eye. Very beautiful clear and natural colours. The WS is also exciting.
Happy Easter,

Hello Karan,
Cute and beautiful animal; this is no joke;-)

Hello Karan,
Great close up, superb sharpness and details, lovely natural colors and nice light, he really is adorable!

Hi Karan, lovely portrait of little cute creature in great pose with great details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-22 4:15]

Hi Karan,
He's very cute and the pose you captured is lovely :o)
Have a great weekend,

Hi Karan,
I like the intimate composition, & your title fits perfectly.
Technically very well done, with the DOF isolating the face in the frame nicely :)
Hope you had a great Easter,

PS - Cute joke in your notes BTW.
Here's one for ya - What did the Zen Master say to the hotdog?
I'll have one with everything :)

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-24 14:43]

Hi Karan,
What a nice creature! Perfect moment, pose, pov and colours. I specially like its vivid and intelligent glance.
TFS, José M.
PS. I'm studing just now in my English course "The Brithish humor" and your joke fits quite well in the standard. :-)

Preciosa imagen Karan de ese pequeño animalillo saliendo entre las huerbas con mirada curiosa. Buen enfoque al motivo principal y belleza en los colores. Buena luz.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi

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  • lizzie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 207 W: 0 N: 605] (2855)
  • [2008-03-24 14:56]

Hi Karan,

What a lovely picture, I really like the expression on his face...
Great composition showing him in is environment!
Excellent details in the fur and great cath of these amazing brown eyes!
Very well done!


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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-25 1:09]

Hi Karan,
lovely pic :)
great composition, focus, details...
nice work!

bonjour karan
est ce le fruit d'un longue attente ou un coup de chance?
toujours est-il que c'est un gros plan superbe.

Hello Karan,
They are so funny, this fellow is alert and ready for everything!
A cute portrait with wonderful details in the little face, and accurate DoF isolates the subject nicely...
The composition works well, with good colour reproduction!
Pablo -

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-13 11:30]

Hello Karan
How lovely this stoat!! It's really a marvellous and amazing capture! I love this creatures but I've never had the luck to see one of them.
Magnificent shot, excellent POV, DOF, framing and composition.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best regards

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  • ilvao Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 20] (98)
  • [2008-06-08 13:37]

Hi Karen,
this is fantastic
very sharp
i like it face
also like the grass surrounding
take car - olivier

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