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Thank you for the CC's on my last macro uploads. Much appreciated.
I awoke grumpy from an afternoon nap on Monday and decided to go for a walk despite the weather (appalling!). Finally decided to drive away from the local area in case I grumped the neighbors and went to the RSPB site at Greylake - not many birds now but plenty of warblers and wagtails etc and a nice easy walk along wire covered wooden walkways over the wetland to a very comfortable hide. Hearing a slight commotion ahead I slowed down and as I turned the next corner there was a Stoat (Mustela erminia) rolling and scratching his back on the wire and not paying attention. I froze - disaster - my camera was in the case and not set up as I usually do this in the hide. I slipped back and got my camera organised with a long lens and went forward - no tripod unfortunately. He /she was still scratching and I stepped into the open and started to get some pics. I got a stern look (v2) but I was not moving so he/she had a good scratch (v1).
A second Stoat then appeared from under the walkway and the two of them proceeded to tear around in a most rambunctious manner ( V3 and V4 ), chasing and scrapping and having a wonderful time and coming to within three or four meters of me ( frozen still and begginning to ache) before standing up and giving each other a little kiss (V5) and then trotting off down the path. They do move at an amazing speed when in mock combat.
Considering it was a very cloudy day and the camera was hand held at a wide aperture and an ISO of 1600 I am happy to put up with these soft and noisy images of a delightful adventure.
I hope you like them. A

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Stoat antics
Username:accipiter accipiter
Uploaded:20 Jul 2011 - 6:07 PM
Tags:Stoat. Behavior. Greylake Somerset., Wildlife / nature
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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 6:10 PM

You lucky lucky beggar, I've lost count of the number of times I've been to Greylake and I've never seen one, guess that's karma for getting out there in the rain.....Well done you, although I'm still not happy Sad

Ade

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 - 6:11 PM

A very well taken shot.
Dave

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susanbarton
20 Jul 2011 - 6:14 PM

A great searies of shots I bet that blew away your grumps!

Susan

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 6:14 PM

My wife is now looking over my shoulder and she ain't happy either, in fact the things you're being called at the moment would make a navvie blush!......Although her last words were "well done him"!....

Ade again Grin

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CaroleS
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20 Jul 2011 - 6:19 PM

Wow what fantastic images, so well taken under the circumstances. Carole

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Daisymaye
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20 Jul 2011 - 6:22 PM

A cute set of images of this little fella............Sandy

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7139 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 6:24 PM

Super captures, and V.1 is fabulous, what a great pose. Carol

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Goodley
Goodley  5 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 - 6:25 PM

A very good set,would loved to have seen this,
kev.

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suzieosman
suzieosman  1066 forum posts United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 - 6:26 PM

Wow...talk about being in the right place at the right time. This is why my camera is ready to go as soon as I'm out of the car.......Really well done, under such difficult conditions I think these are amazing! I wouldn't have been able to stop my hands shaking long enough to get anything but a blur. I'm very, very jealous Grin
Sue

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tommyld
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20 Jul 2011 - 6:28 PM

A Great series of shots...Very well done.
Regards
Tom.

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Alfies_Girl
20 Jul 2011 - 6:57 PM

Great series of photos very well taken in difficult conditions. What a great sight to witness and thanks for sharing them with us.

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franken
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20 Jul 2011 - 7:04 PM

A fantastic set - versions 1 & 5 are superb!

Ken

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Digby
Digby e2 Member 641 forum postsDigby vcard Wales
20 Jul 2011 - 7:13 PM

A nice set, V5 followed by V1 is my chose

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moiral
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20 Jul 2011 - 7:13 PM

I always consider it a priviledge to see such wildlife antics, whether I have a camera at the ready or not. How lucky you were here Arthur, to not only witness this lovely behaviour, but to have your camera to hand. Bet you didn't remain grumpy for long. My favourite has to be V5 - so cute. Altogether a wonderful set of shots. Moira

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 7:37 PM

brilliant set of captures super detail and colours v1 for me today a belter nice one Wink
andy

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 7:38 PM

Astonishing and wonderful captures--and considering that it is hand held--even more so-- Very impressive and enjoyable images!

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janty66
janty66  7 England
20 Jul 2011 - 7:40 PM

Excellent set of images, well caught....

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 7:41 PM

Outstanding.. V5 should be there on its own what an amazing shot
great set
Lillian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8292 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 8:14 PM

fabulous set love them all especially V5 such a priviledge to get these pics

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Sue_R
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20 Jul 2011 - 8:18 PM

So cute! And V5 is to die for Smile

Sue Smile

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alansnap
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20 Jul 2011 - 8:26 PM

What a stunning series - well worth an award. Great fieldcraft and wonderful compositions.
Alan

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Devon_Wild
20 Jul 2011 - 9:14 PM

Superb set, well captured .............Rob

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 10:28 PM

A wonderful little story in both words and images! Reminds me of the times I used to watch from the farmhouse window as our local Stoat played jumping from one stepping stone to another, then turning around to do it all again, all at breakneck speed. I even discovered I apparently "speak the language", whistling for a non-responsive dog one day brought a different kind of animal to my summons! That little head turned from side to side each time I whistled as the Stoat stood only about 4m from me. They are wonderful little creatures, so full of character. By the way, V5 is my favourite in this great set.

Ann

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2011 - 11:31 PM

Great set of captures Arthur, but my vote goes for V5.. Peter

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2011 - 11:37 PM

Delightful - and v5 is my favourite Arthur Smile
Helen

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Maiwand
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21 Jul 2011 - 7:20 AM

Congrats Athur on securing a fantastic set of images under very difficult conditions. These are beautiful little creatures and so rarely seen in the open but to get shots of them playing is amazing. Great narrative also. GrinGrin
Ron

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 7:51 AM

An excellent set Arthur - they are the most amusing creatures to watch - never seen a pair playing like this - Spring is in the air for them maybe - enjoyed them all very much and now green with envy!!!WinkWink

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morpheus1955
21 Jul 2011 - 8:55 AM

Superb set of images I really like V5.

Hugh

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lobski
lobski  3 Philippines1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 9:15 AM

Excellent set of images and very cute!

Fred Grin

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 9:36 AM

GrinGrinGrin Excellent set, wonderful writing up, enjoy it... you made me laugh, even when you were "grumpy"Wink
xiaoli

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 10:29 AM

Brilliant set love V5, had to smile at your write up.I bet it made your day..Lin

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User_Removed
21 Jul 2011 - 11:15 AM

Super set of images, well done.
Alf.

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
21 Jul 2011 - 11:28 AM

Nice sets of images well taken.
Allen, Grin

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Samuel_Aron
21 Jul 2011 - 4:56 PM

Fantastic captures!
Sam.

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 5:47 PM

A great set Arthur, quite well detailed especially under the circumstances described, would love one of these in my PF Wink
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JenBen
JenBen  7 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 - 5:58 PM

Great set of images, I like V5.
Jen.

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2011 - 7:01 PM

That must have put a smile back on your face ,once in a lifetime set .

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2011 - 8:08 AM

He, he... little bugger, I like its mustache in V1.
Great sequence,
Johanna

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goso
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24 Jul 2011 - 4:04 AM

A lovely, and well taken set Arthur ...Bill

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
24 Jul 2011 - 7:42 AM

A great pose in V1 and a lovely serie

Peter

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
25 Jul 2011 - 6:09 PM

Great set. I think 1 and 5 are superb. Love the pose in v1. So sharp too. Nice work Arthur. paul

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acousticmist
26 Jul 2011 - 9:49 AM

An excellent set of images, well done...............Martin

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pamelajean
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26 Jul 2011 - 9:06 PM

A charming story with pictures, which are excellent considering the circumstances.

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What a wonderful set of captures A

Chris

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sparrowhawk
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30 Jul 2011 - 7:39 PM

a magnificent set and opportunity A stunning work

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
6 Aug 2011 - 5:59 AM

A mazaing set of images,very well done.Grin

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16 Oct 2011 - 7:59 PM

A wonderful set of wildlife images, v1 and v5 are my particular favourites. They are such lively little creatures and you did so well to catch them on camera

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