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Posted By: Pål Jensen, 08-21-2010, 02:14 PM

This Mink does not belong in our fauna. It is a descendent from escaped farm animals imported from Canada. They are not veryt popular as they steal lots of eggs from nesting birds.

I met him on a remote island today; I heard some squeaking noises in the grass. I promtly mounted my longest lens. Usually they extremely elusive; and it ran immediately away and I only got fussy images of its rear!
They are, however, extremely curious. This one have probably never seen a human being before. I stared to whistle and it approached me. I was able to get a couple of shots before it dissapeared.

Anyway, the shot is cropped about 50%. It is shot at 1000ISO. No noise reduction or anything; just opened in Photoshop and downsized and posted here. It is so sharp that it hurts!

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08-21-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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So thats what a coat with a face looks like...never seen one before. If thats representative of your series you made some smart unplanned adjustments and got fine shots. I like it!
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Good crop and very sharp, as you say. It looks like the mink is hissing at you. I guess you were too close for his comfort.

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Nice shot. Whistle for a mink? Who'd've thought?

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Great shot Pål! Nice colors and composition too. I know they are trouble, but he's kind of cute.
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Minks really aren't much different from weasels, stoats, and the like. It's not so great that they're an unwanted part of your ecosystem now but honestly I'd still much rather see this cute little guy playing in a field than on someone's back. It's a fact though that inevitably one way or another animals (and plants) end up migrating with or without people. It's been that way for centuries. It is disruptive to native ecosystems but it's been happening as long as there have been people on the move. I don't think there are too many places on the planet that can actually claim to be free of non-native species these days.

We actually now have plenty of fish, lizards, snakes, bugs, and plants here in the USA that were not here when I was a kid. Some came with new people, some just migrated up here on their own. It's a real hassle to live with but there's not much you can really do about it except learn to adapt. There have been attempts in the past to rectify the situation but inevitably the solution just leads to more trouble down the line and more things we don't want around. Once something new is introduced to an ecosystem it's almost impossible to remove it completely. Nothing you can do really except learn to live with the new creatures, plants or whatever and just try to minimize the damage they cause.
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QuoteOriginally posted by magkelly Quote
Minks really aren't much different from weasels, stoats, and the like. It's not so great that they're an unwanted part of your ecosystem now but honestly I'd still much rather see this cute little guy playing in a field than on someone's back. .
So do I....
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Minks Ripped My Flesh?

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great capture !! what a face.... how far were you from this varmint? dave m
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