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