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Mink - Vermin? You decide!

By harrattp  
Thank you all for the support on my last uploads, much appreciated.

Well for this upload we have to set the scene first. I had an unexpected day off yesterday (19 Mar) so decided I would set off early to a local haunt to see what I could get. On the way there I diverted to a new location that I have been saying for some time we must visit. Anyway, after pushing through the bushes I found myself alongside a huge lake where I was informed by a member of the public I was on private property. Oops.

I moved along to the next lake where I managed to capture three first captures (all different subjects); the other two will follow in the next few days. Sorry!

I was alongside a small stream trying to photograph a Wren but realised I was shooting into the sun. I heard a splash but saw nothing so I assumed it was a small coot or Moorhen. I moved a few feet further along turned now with the sun behind me when I realised there was a little face peeking through the grass/reeds at me. I managed to get off a few shots. These two are the best though I accept they are only record shots.

Initially I thought it was a Ferret but after talking to some fishermen was reliably informed it was probably a Mink.

Now some say they are vermin; but they are cute looking donít you think!

Anyway thanks for looking and maybe view large if the mood takes you Cheers.

Paul

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: Wilmot, Shroomer, digital_boi and 26 more


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Comments


Wilmot 14 338 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 2:31PM
Great shot,very well spotted
Steve
Shroomer 15 14 167 England
19 Mar 2009 2:40PM
Cute NO, Vermin yes, the only good ones are as coats I say, as they will kill anything that gets in their way. Thats my views out of the way Paul...lol
River Blackwater and Basingstoke Canal are full of them, thanks to the flower power idiots that freed them a few years ago.
Right back to the photograph, fantastic capture and love the way it is looking straight on through the reeds at you, perfect natural framing. Also I like the presentation Paul.
Richard
If you look closely at the bottom its what appears to be a Canada Goose feather, probably disturbed its lunch
19 Mar 2009 3:05PM
yes indeed well caught and well presented
SurreyHillsMan 15 27 2 England
19 Mar 2009 3:09PM
Great capture Paul.... I've been trying for one of these all year!

.... Richards right though, vermin!

Jon
f8 19 9.2k 22 England
19 Mar 2009 4:49PM
The main cause of the demise of the Water Vole.
19 Mar 2009 5:28PM
I think they are cute! LOL
Two fantastic captures, well spotted and very well presented!
Can't wait to visit this location...
L&K Gillxx
19 Mar 2009 6:46PM
Great shot, very well taken and spotted by you.
Peter
simbo76 16 Scotland
19 Mar 2009 7:28PM
vermin in my book as well, good shot though
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
19 Mar 2009 7:28PM
No doubt whatever in my mind Paul -- VERMIN. They will cause enormous damage, eat eggs, raid nests, kill young birds and burrow into the riverbanks. They dont belong here. Trap and destroy them.
Ron
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 7:41PM
I would like to see one let alone take a picture - you did well and probably had to be very quick on the draw to
GlynnisFrith 16 23 3 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 7:43PM
They should never have been brought into the country I agree they are vermin & a threat to our lovey otters

While walking along the lineside on the NYMR on Sunday we came across a mink trap in a stream hopefully will do some good.

nice image though
Glynnis
19 Mar 2009 7:57PM
An excellent capture Paul, however can't say I'm a lover of this particular little animal. The problem being it is so destructive and really is a threat to our native wildlife. Now I'm off me soabox !!! and I think you did very well to get such a shot.

Lol

Annie
Gezina 16 3 6 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2009 8:09PM
Firstly well captured and spotted I'm afraid I share the opinion of the majority because they kill indiscrimnately and destroy the native British (with one t -lol) wildlife Ina
whiteswan01 14 13 England
19 Mar 2009 8:34PM
excellent well captured
Dawn
19 Mar 2009 10:31PM
LOL...I hate to be a minority of one! am I allowed to change my opinion?

L&K Gill
xx
harrattp 15 11 4 England
19 Mar 2009 10:33PM
Of course you can my darling Gilly. Now can I have my Nikon 600mm lens please?

Paul
Ray42 14 3 England
20 Mar 2009 7:08AM
I agree with Richard - vicious things - we had to have a cull of them as they devasted the wild life in the area - however - two great shots although I think the frame detracts from the shot
BERTRAM 14 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 7:33AM
A brilliant shot,v1 for me.
Dave
Shroomer 15 14 167 England
20 Mar 2009 6:10PM
The only one i've ever shot was in the back of the head. Best capture of that day
betts 14 1 England
20 Mar 2009 7:30PM
Great capture but cant say i like them. Sorry.
betts
TonyFrith 15 3 6 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2009 9:44PM
As a trout fisherman I hate them , they kill fish just for the fun of it where as Otters kill & eat it , otters I like they are part of our natural Britain , but trap & kill all mink
Tony
fishing 14 4
21 Mar 2009 6:26PM

Quote:Great shot,very well spotted
Steve



Yes

Regards

sue
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
21 Mar 2009 6:47PM
Maybe a record shot Paul but I have never seen one, thanks for sharing it with us, will PM you about this,
Geoff.
A Booth 20 11 4 United Kingdom
23 Mar 2009 4:54PM
well captured and recorded. good lighting and detail in the subject matter.
BERTRAM 14 United Kingdom
25 Mar 2009 6:08PM
Great shot,well spotted.
Dave
franfoto 15 2 32 England
26 Mar 2009 9:27PM
How can such a pretty face be so lethal? Enjoyed your narrative and reading the other comments regarding the species.
I like the shot, it is very natural.
Fran
Xiaoli 14 661 14 South Africa
27 Mar 2009 9:07PM
Great shot .... one of those you can't manufacture ... but sadly yes they are vermin. As so many have pointed out they kill indiscriminately almost for the love it, leaving the kill uneaten. Like so many things where man has interfered - out of their natural environment any animal is a pest.
3 Apr 2009 7:44AM
I opened my kitchen door and was attacked by a mink .... on its hind legs and hissing at me ........ I closed the door quickly and my wife said 'what was that?' I showed just how brave blokes are and invited her to look. She sorted it with the broom handle. Nasty little thing. Its not its fault it was released into the wild here, but I go with vermin.

good shot by the way

john
Mynett 14 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2009 7:48AM
very cute shot but they do a lot of harm, quick on the button to catch a shot
Linda Smile

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