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Mustela erminea

Mustela erminea
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 17-85 USM IS Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Life, 100 points or more (Chapter 2), Nature's cutest [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-03 4:53
Viewed: 7154
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 108
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Photo : A gift from the Nature for my birthday (June 4) : I found this wild Ermine by accident in mountain along a track where there was old pieces of wood abandoned. Incredible how she was fast for playing "Hide and seek" in its 4 holes... I needed 1/2 hour to make a correct action shot. Often the picture was empty ;-)
Difficult also because of the dark shadow under the tree... The sharpness is not perfect on "miss speedy" but the pose is nice. I hope you like it.

Slightly cropped, resized and framed in 800x600 for TN. I removed the white spots in eyes. Camera : Canon EOS 350D - Iso 100 - F5.6 - 1/60s - focal 85mm - flash on - no tripod.
Because of your good comments I have made an new croppring less centered, for my website ;-)


English name : Ermine – Scientific name : Mustela erminea – Family : Mustelidae.


Description : At full adult size total body length from head to rump is 170 mm to 330 mm. Males are generally twice as large as females, with males weighing from 67 to 116 grams and females from 25 to 80 grams. The tail length is about 35% of the total body length, ranging from 42 mm to 120 mm. Ermine have the typical weasel form: long body, short legs, long neck supporting a triangular head, slightly protruding round ears, bright black eyes, and long whiskers. Their short, moderately fine fur is white in the winter and the tip of the tail is black. In the summer, the dorsal fur is chocolate brown while the ventral fur extending to the upper lip is yellowish white.
Habitat : Ermine prefer riparian woodlands, marshes, shrubby fencerows, and open areas adjacent to forests or shrub borders. Although ermine are primarily terrestrial, they climb trees and swim well. Tree roots, hollow logs, stone walls, and rodent burrows are used as dens. Dens are usually around 300 mm below ground. Ermine line their nests with dry vegetation, and fur and feathers from prey. Side cavities of burrows are used as food caches and latrines.
Reproduction : Ermine mate in late spring to early summer. Females are polyestrous, but produce only 1 litter per year. Young are born in April or May after an average gestation period of 280 days, which includes an 8 to 9 month period of developmental delay.
Females in nature may survive for at least 2 breeding seasons, while males generally do not survive this long. Reproductive success is highly dependent on food availability.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-03 4:59]

Hello Christian,
Excellent capture.Your model is very cute.I liked POV,timing,eye contact and composition a lot.By the way,you have a charming house(especially after modification:)).
Have great weekend!

Hello Christian,
I love this litte animal. It´s a hermelin or the geman name Wiesel. Congrats for this picture. It´s very difficult to capture a hermelin. Wonderful eye contrag, great sharpness and excellent POV too. Thank you for this excellent snapshot. Have a nice weekend my friend.

Hi Christian

Very cute guy we have here. A beautiful shot of him as he pokes his head out to check on you. Nicely timed, good sharpness and well composed. Lovely to view. Thanks.

Aww so cute.. much like a ferret (my fav animals) and it looks like your patience paid off.. a wonderful capture of this michievious animal :)Thanks for posting :)

Hello Taz,
How cute is this one!
Very nice color, detail, POV, framing, AND CUTE POSE!! He's reaching out his paw in friendship it seems :)
Very well done mf!

Hello Christian

he is so cute, very nice POV and composition.
well done


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-03 9:26]

Hi Christian,
Yes, it's really an action shot! The pieces of wood in all directions and the pose give a strong sensation of movement. A good shot that worth the waiting!
TFS, José M.

Hi Christian,
Beautiful shot, excellent composition.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia


La patience est toujours récompensée...bravo pour cette belle photo !

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-06-03 15:51]

Christian bonjour, bravo pour cette petite hermine bien rusée et qui vous a joué bien des tours à sa façon. Le mimetisme est pas mal non plus!! Bon piqué et belle photo nature. Mes félicitations, Didier.

A great shot Christian. Reminds me of the ferrets my sons kept as boys. Same cheekiness.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-04 0:08]

Hi Christian
This is a great capture you made of this little ermine in his summer colours, under very difficult circumstances. It is clear that the conditions were not on your side. While using the Canon 17-85 IS (f/4) lens and you are still forced to go down to f/5.6 and 1/60 even with a fill-in flash I have understanding for what you have accomplished here. Great stuff.
The little guy is so cute and it seems like he was actually greeting you with that little left paw. The composition and POV is very good, the colours are natural, the details are fine (given the circumstances), and the exposure was well managed.
Very good work and TFS.

PS. I am still working through your iimpressive web page here and I am enjoying it every time I go and visit. Well done my friend.

I have heard of them but never seen one... the effort you put into this payed off. Very well done Christian.

Magnifique portrait de cette petite hermine, je sais à quel point ces anmiaux sont difficile à photograpier ! Je suis bien contente que vous ayez réussi à lui tirer le portrait malgré les circonstances difficile :-)
Les couleurs, l'exposition et les détails sont très réussi, de même que la pose de l'animal. Bien joué !
PS : Je vous souhaite un joyeux anniversaire !

Hi Christian,

How cute is this one!
Excellent capture.
Beautiful colors, sharp and composition.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-04 8:36]

Bonne Fête Christian,
wonderful capture, amazing to find this in the wild, as they are so shy and also very quick.
Lovely pose and excellent eye contact you got from this charming critter. Nice sharpness and wonderful details. Beautiful composition.
Enjoy your day.. Sky

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-06-04 15:23]

Christin, happy birthday to you. Keep on being with us, keep on sharing your great images with us.

A cute and lovely image.

I like note too.

Be happy.


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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-04 16:38]

Hi Christian Happy Birthday My friend:)
Excellent and funny capture of this Ermine.
I like your pov,dof,frame,colors,note,expression and sharpness.Bravo.TFS

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-04 19:59]

Hi Christian
Well seen and captured. He is poseing for you. Good sharpnes and DOF.
Well done Christian


Hello Christian,
Although she is very fast, but you're fast too! Great shot and rarely seen also! Interesting pose you captured! Focusing, pov, framing all are wonderful! Congratulations!
Thank you,

Hello Christian,
I think the picture is incredibly good as for a shot of wild ermine! They usually run away before I even switch on my camera! The pose is lovely and I like all these wood all around this cute animal.

Great capture Taz! This ermine is very cute. The DOF worked very nicely as well as the flash showing great colors and details. Well done. :)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-05 18:50]

Hello Christian,
Sorry this is late but happy birthday to you,I hope you had a great day!
This is a very nice capture.
A very fast animal but you've captured him well.
The pose is great,the detail is fine.
Excellent work.

Hi Christian,
An excellent shot under some difficult conditions. Your fill flash exposure looks spot on. Nice colors and sharp detail. A very cute little fellow. You did excellent work here.

Hi Chris,
happy birthday!!
Nice shot ot this mustelae.
Great pose and colors.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-06 5:39]

Hi Christian, cute shot. Very well captured with good sharp details and well exposed colours. Very well done and TFS.

Nearly forgot, happy belated birthday!

Hello Christian,
Cute and adorable Ermine. Great timing with good POV and excellent composition. Very well seen and TFS. Also wish you a happy birthday.

Quite few ermines on TN. Nice to see one. Great POV and composition. It shows where it hunts in the same time that the animal itself.
(a little nit: the blur on the nose, but you knew that already)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-06 20:49]

Happy birthday, Christian.
What a cute little ermine. It took a lot of work on your part,
but it is definitely worth it.
Great POV, sharp details, and actually very good light.
TFS. : )

Great capture Christian.
Superb colors and details and a great composition.
Good POV and DOF.

very nice capture;-)) nice photo;-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-07 6:09]

Hi Taz, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you my friend!
What a cute little fellow you show us today, and it is very good considering she was playing hard to get!! So she is an Ermine - they used to make ladies fur coats out of her many years ago - must have needed to kill many to make one coat - how terribly sad!
Thank you for showing her to us,

bonjour christian
joli cliché,j'aime le fait que l'hermine regarde vers l'objectif,bons details et bonne netteté.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2006-06-08 6:10]

I love this guys cute face.
Great composition.
Nicely portrayed in his natural surrounds.

Nice one Christian, great opportune moment you captured here with good composition and detail. Well done.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-06-10 17:24]

A super-shot of this very shy animal - extremely well done!


Bonjour Christian
Vraiment une belle prise de vue de cette jolie hermine. Beau decord et très belles couleurs,les détails sont très intéressants ,on peut voir le lustre de la fourrure
Bravo et merci....JP

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-06-14 14:25]

Hahaha! Look at this little rascal. Very nice shot Christian! Well done & TFS!


Nice shot, detail and exposure are perfect and the scene so natural, excellent camera work.


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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2006-06-15 14:50]

Hi Taz
Good to hear from you, and a splendid frien that you met in the wild, love the way she is waving at you. A cute face, well captured

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-06-17 8:09]

Meric pour sa critique, apparament la galerie est plus que epatante, vraiment de tres belles fotos que j'irai decouvrir petit a petit. La page web est sensationnelle. On aura l'occasion de se revoir sur ce site sans aucun doute. Salut

It is indeed a great gift, but reading your note I realize it a gift that you had to fight for :D
The result is just great. One opportunity that you have took advantage of.

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-06-21 10:45]

Elle est belle, elle est attachante cette petite hermine. Quelle mimique!
Elle vous a donné du fil à retordre, mais votre patience a été récompensée. Et tant mieux pour nous. Nous en profitons grandement.
Très belle composition. Merci pour avoir publié.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-21 12:17]

Hi Christian,
A great shot, and after reading your note I'm able to appreciate it even more. It sounds like you had some fun with this Ermine trying to capture the picture, and I'm guessing she didn't mind the game either :-) Great eye contact and an almost surprised expression on her face. Thanks for persevering and sharing this shot!

Nice work to catch this Christian,
Good detail, colours and very sharp. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Nicely framed.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

Hello Christian

What a little sweetie you have here looking very curious. Very good pose with the one paw lifted off the ground like it is pointing at you - or waving may be. Well done. Good note too.


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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-27 9:42]

nice shot of this beautiful creature! great ambiance. nice pov. tfs

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-06-29 18:57]

Hello Christian, lovely capture! The head is just slipping outside the focal plane but never mind that to see such a creature! Well done on this lovely composition.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2006-07-06 11:05]

very cute capture. One of those moments of being at the right place at the right time. I like the natural framing of the wood, the composition and detail. Nice capture.

Bonjour Christian,
La patience est toujours payante ;-)
Félicitations pour ce joli cliché. Photo prise au bon moment pour une attitude intéressante. J'aimerais beaucoup faire une telle rencontre. Ce doit être magique !
Bonne soirée

(Compliments également pour votre site : de superbes images qui me replongent dans des randonnées inoubliables au coeur de la Vanoise - Merci !)

Bonsoir Christian.
Une patience qui paye. Cette instantané est splendide est très représentative des petit animaux qui nous entourent sans les voir. Merci de nous en avoir présentée une.

Hello Christian,
A cutie indeed!
Situation is very well captured, the location makes it awesome!
Superb portrait quality, fur coat with great textures, very pleasant work!
Pablo -

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-09-10 7:56]

Hi Taz!
This is the most beautiful photo! Amazing shot, although I find all you photos profesional and high quality, you realy do great work, I love this one!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-10-03 22:10]

Hello Christian

Pop goes the weasel.These guys are fast.You did well to capture it.Nice detail and colour.Excellent sharpness.Well composed .TFS

Christian, c'est tres bien! Merci!
Jay aka Jacq, Nouvelle Ecosse

PS Looks like a mini-TAZ!

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-09-09 12:05]

Hello Christian,
I did a search today on the site for "ermine" and noticed your shot which is so beautiful and sharp. What impresses me most is the surrounding that we both managed to take a shot of this lovely animal. I will be very happy if you also check this lovely similarity from my gallery, in this shot.

Best regards.

nice portrait, TFS Ori

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