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.
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|Camera:||Canon EOS 350D |
|Recording media:||JPEG (digital)|
|Date Taken:||3 Jul 2011 - 3:36 PM|
|Lens Max Aperture:||f/6.2|
|Exposure Mode:||Aperture-priority AE|
|Flash:||Off, Did not fire|