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I wasn't sure whether to upload this shot or not because of the terrible bg, but I thought, you don't often see Pine Marten's on EPZ, so in for a penny in for a pound.

The pine marten is native to Britain and Ireland, though extremely rare in England and Wales. It is a member of the weasel family and related to the mink, otter, badger, stoat and weasel. The pine marten has a slim body and a long tail that is thick and bushy in its winter coat. Rich brown fur contrasts with a creamy-yellow 'bib' on the throat and chest, and with the pale fur within the prominent, rounded ears (the bib varies in size and in some individuals is almost absent). The main body colour varies seasonally and between individuals; in summer the fur is shorter and darker, making the animal appear slimmer than in its thick, mid-brown winter coat. Compared with many of its close relatives, the pine marten has quite a pronounced snout and relatively long legs. It is also extraordinarily agile when moving through trees and crags. Adult pine martens are similar in size to a small/medium-sized domestic cat, and the species was often called the 'marten cat' in the past, with males about a third larger than the females.

Many thanks for all your kind comment and clicks on my uploads, every one is very much appreciated.

Enjoy your week.
Steve.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:150-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:3 Jul 2011 - 3:36 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/6.2
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Pine Marten
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:14 Sep 2011 - 3:34 PM
Tags:General, Landscape / travel, Pets / captive animals, Pine marten, Wildlife / nature
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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 3:37 PM

Good details and tones in the fur Steve, well captured

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gingerdelight
14 Sep 2011 - 3:37 PM

A super shot of this cute little fellow - the background is not too distracting, in fact it is different!
Carol

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece17 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 3:42 PM

I don't dislike the background, Steve, I think this is an excellent image. Crol

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
14 Sep 2011 - 3:51 PM

Fabulous image and detail, because the Pine Marten is so crisp the background enhances the image.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 4:07 PM

I like this bg-- The marten looks just a trifle mean, super sharp and well done!

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Shellio
Shellio  3 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 4:13 PM

I actually like the bg a lot Steve, it's a little textured with some nice tones and helps the main subject stand out, which in itself is a wonderful image.
Shell

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 661 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 4:22 PM

Excellent portrait with the hairs standing out so well

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 4:52 PM

Superb capture with lovely detail. Carole

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 - 5:26 PM

Thanks for the info and the great shot Steve.
Brian

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nikshot
nikshot  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 5:44 PM


Quote: I actually like the bg a lot Steve, it's a little textured with some nice tones and helps the main subject stand out, which in itself is a wonderful image.
Shell

Can only agree with Shell, great shot.
Nick

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 5:47 PM

I rather like the bg and what a wonderful portrait of this wonderful animal which stands out so well. Lovely bright eyes and the hair details are excellent.

Ann

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 5:47 PM

Ohhh the dreaded 'background'...do you or don't you upload...I'm glad you did, it's a lovely detailed image, a wonderful capture. As long as you like the image, it really doesn't matter what anyone else says. I must say I hadn't even noticed the background until you mentioned it Grin
Kaleena

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 347 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 6:47 PM

A cracking image Steve, and until you mentioned the BG it hadn't even registered... I've shortlisted this one too...

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 6:58 PM

they have to be one of the prettiest of our wild animals, this is lovely but for the bg as you mention but thanks for bringing it to our screens, they are not a frequent visitor and so very shy....

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 7:07 PM

What a cracking shot love it
mike

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Mike_Young
14 Sep 2011 - 7:41 PM

Lovely portrait of a cracking animal, nice one Steve

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 7:51 PM

Superb shot, fantastic detail and tones.

Hugh

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janty66
janty66  7 England
14 Sep 2011 - 7:54 PM

Fantastic portrait, lovely detail..

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 8:02 PM

A really great capture Steve, is it one from the BWC? as that is the only place I have seen them, and even then they moved too fast for a photo
well captured
Lillian

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 8:29 PM

Superb shot Steve; one of your vry best. I dont even mind the BG.
Ron

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Louise_Morris
Louise_Morris e2 Member 42374 forum postsLouise_Morris vcard England
14 Sep 2011 - 8:29 PM

Maybe I am in the minority but I honestly do not dislike the background Steve! Having said that it's probably dreadful without the beautiful image in the foreground. Superb capture! Lou

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WindowonWildlife
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14 Sep 2011 - 8:43 PM

Wonderful portrait image Steve,good detail and poise Wink

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Glyn1
Glyn1  5 England1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Sep 2011 - 8:45 PM

Well worth the upload Steve a little cracker, superb detail.

Glyn

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
14 Sep 2011 - 9:40 PM

Excellent detail a cracking close up.
jj

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 13915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2011 - 7:48 AM

Excellent study.

Albert

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pluckyfilly
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15 Sep 2011 - 7:49 AM

the b/g doesnt bother me and I think this a great capture

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
15 Sep 2011 - 6:19 PM

Well captured.

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Daisymaye
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16 Sep 2011 - 12:31 AM

Superb capture..........Sandy

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Anna62
Anna62  3 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Sep 2011 - 9:54 AM

lovely detail Steve..The background is fine the way it is..anymore may detract from the subject. Very well taken Smile

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Tom-Melton
16 Sep 2011 - 1:37 PM

such a high quality image,back ground not perfect but the subject matter is excellent,Top shot in my opinion.

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16 Sep 2011 - 7:55 PM

A fabulous pinemartin portrait Steve, the background looks fine to me

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Growmore
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17 Sep 2011 - 2:17 PM

Well captured shot Steve great detail.
Gary

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ianrobinson
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17 Sep 2011 - 10:02 PM

A real stunner Steve i really like this shot.

Ian.

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Techno
Techno  61006 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Sep 2011 - 12:12 PM

Nice work Steve.
Mal

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Ayoob
Ayoob e2 Member 3Ayoob vcard Australia
18 Sep 2011 - 2:51 PM

Brilliant capture and well presentation..........Grin

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2011 - 5:06 AM

you could always use a texture layer to disguise the bg.lesley

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