A Winter Weasel

Stoat Alert - 2014 © Christopher Martin

This Ermine, a short-tailed weasel in its winter coat, was bounding in the snow hunting.  They are so quick that a sharp image can be a challenge.  The bright day and relatively uncluttered scene helped the auto focus and I nabbed a couple of shots before it skipped into deeper brush and out of sight.

Winter Weasel - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Three years ago, we had a weasel that set up for a couple of months in a woodpile in our backyard.  I haven’t seen one since then so it was great fun to have a short encounter again.

Snow bound - 2014 © Christopher Martin

18 responses

  1. David

    Great shots! I’m about to start avidly looking for a member of the weasel family in Fish Creek Park. Fingers crossed!

    Whereabouts did you come across this guy?

    October 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    • Thanks David. This weasel was running across a field south of Calgary along 22X.

      October 26, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  2. Great series of shots, love the first one with the contrasting white…

    March 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  3. Reblogged this on 4 lastday, & the day of judgment and commented:

    March 11, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  4. Wonderful! I have an enormous soft spot for mustelids. So much energy and muscle (and predatory might!) packed into those lithe little bodies. Thanks for sharing.

    March 10, 2014 at 3:26 pm

  5. Beautiful work! I had the pleasure of seeing a wild turkey “in the wild” for the first time last weekend. Nature in its element is thrilling and your photographs of it are inspiring. Thanks for sharing this little guy with us!

    March 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  6. What a cute little guy!

    March 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  7. Great capture for a wonderful photo. Given all this bits of grass everywhere, I am astounded that you were able to so quickly get focus on the cute little guy.

    March 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

  8. Wonderful poses and action, a lot of character, as I remember from last year , you got to grab the moment.

    March 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  9. Dad

    Great shots . We all enjoyed them especially of the snow; as Mom & I just got back from a river tour where we were about 10′ away from a 14′ American crocodile. It is about 85 degrees right now.

    Life is good down here. We are having our supper catered by Thomas, who is the chef at Pacifico Restaurant here in Coco.
    He lives next door to us and we have become quite good friends over the past week.

    Hope all is well?



    March 9, 2014 at 3:16 pm

  10. Really enjoyed these photographs. We have ermine here on the Flats but I have never had the good fortune to see one.

    March 9, 2014 at 1:09 pm

  11. Great Find and nice shots!

    March 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

  12. vastlycurious.com

    This is so cool with his little black tipped tail. Wonderful capture!

    March 9, 2014 at 11:35 am

    • Thank you – I wish this little one would have stuck around a bit longer. They are so fun to watch darting around.

      March 9, 2014 at 11:36 am

      • vastlycurious.com

        I have never seen one before in the wild. You must have been thrilled?

        March 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

  13. Great shot, I love seeing the ermine in their winter coat bounding through the snow. Also, love how you got some of the environment in the shot with the ermine as it really reminds me of how I see them as well.

    March 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

    • Thanks Mike. There were only a few seconds to grab some shots so it was nice to have a bit of variety.

      March 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

      • Your welcome, that is the p[art of seeing the ermine in winter that always sticks in my mind. They pop up from the snow and bound away so quickly that getting a photo is almost impossible.

        March 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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