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Very lively stoats
Lens: DA 55-300mm Camera: K-5 Photo Location: Laksefjordvidda, Norway ISO: 800 Shutter Speed: 1/250s 
Posted By: Fries, 09-26-2012, 08:47 AM

Met this one and another one while fishing for trout and char. Left them some small trout. They were almost constantly running about; hovering between fear and curiosity. I shot this one with a non WR lens in the rain but I'm glad I took the risk. I hope I translated the name of the animal all right from Dutch to English..

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09-26-2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Great capture Fries. Yes, correct translation but they are still weasels. Thanks for sharing..........Cliff
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Yes they are probably short-tailed weasels, you need to see the tail to really tell them from least weasels. A furrier would rather you call them ermine. An ermine coat is much more marketable than a weasel coat.
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So cute!

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Would love to see these little critters. Thanks for posting the photos.
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Am I the only one who thought these photos would be about beer?
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Great capture Fries. Yes, correct translation but they are still weasels. Thanks for sharing..........Cliff
Thanks Cliff!

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Yes they are probably short-tailed weasels, you need to see the tail to really tell them from least weasels. A furrier would rather you call them ermine. An ermine coat is much more marketable than a weasel coat.
I've been told that these ones are a special subspecies of the normal kind. Ermine also popped up when I tried to find the translation from the Dutch "Hermelijn".

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So cute!
Thanks John, they really are aren't they!

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Would love to see these little critters. Thanks for posting the photos.
I hope your wish comes trough! I've heard a story that they have no problem approaching people when food is involved; one tried to snatch a grouse in front of a hunter...

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Am I the only one who thought these photos would be about beer?
I tried my best with the translation! But if it helps, I'm drinking a beer while I'm typing this.
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Never known a small critter to refuse a free lunch nice !

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What cute little critters. Nice captures. I'm glad it wasn't a "stout stoat" or calculator would have gotten really confused.
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Never known a small critter to refuse a free lunch nice !
I guess not, but there is also somewhat of a unsavory side to them. I spotted the first one on this trip when I visited the 'bathroom'...

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What cute little critters. Nice captures. I'm glad it wasn't a "stout stoat" or calculator would have gotten really confused.
Thanks Susan!
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Gorgeous! I love everything about weasels. My old dog Dreamer went nose to nose with a weasel many years ago. Something about Dreamer's energy did not scare small wild animals. Anyway, they sniffed each other for many minutes and Dreamer's nose smelled awful for many many days. So, as long as I don't have to cuddle with a weasel I think they are gorgeous critters and you captured their essence beautifully!
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Tess, wonderful story! And thank you.
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