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Pine Marten

By SteveMoulding    
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.

Tags: General Landscape and travel Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature Pine marten

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
14 Sep 2011 3:37PM
Good details and tones in the fur Steve, well captured

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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 3:37PM
A super shot of this cute little fellow - the background is not too distracting, in fact it is different!
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Sep 2011 3:42PM
I don't dislike the background, Steve, I think this is an excellent image. Crol
14 Sep 2011 3:51PM
Fabulous image and detail, because the Pine Marten is so crisp the background enhances the image.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
14 Sep 2011 4:07PM
I like this bg-- The marten looks just a trifle mean, super sharp and well done!
Shellio 7 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 4:13PM
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.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
14 Sep 2011 4:22PM
Excellent portrait with the hairs standing out so well
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 4:52PM
Superb capture with lovely detail. Carole
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:26PM
Thanks for the info and the great shot Steve.
nikshot 9 9 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:44PM

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.

Can only agree with Shell, great shot.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
14 Sep 2011 5:47PM
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.

PinkK 9 80 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 5:47PM
Ohhh the dreaded 'background' 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
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 6:47PM
A cracking image Steve, and until you mentioned the BG it hadn't even registered... I've shortlisted this one too...
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 6:58PM
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....
14 Sep 2011 7:07PM
What a cracking shot love it
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 7:41PM
Lovely portrait of a cracking animal, nice one Steve
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 7:51PM
Superb shot, fantastic detail and tones.

janty66 11 3 England
14 Sep 2011 7:54PM
Fantastic portrait, lovely detail..
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2011 8:02PM
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
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
14 Sep 2011 8:29PM
Superb shot Steve; one of your vry best. I dont even mind the BG.
14 Sep 2011 8:29PM
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
14 Sep 2011 8:43PM
Wonderful portrait image Steve,good detail and poise Wink
Glyn1 9 4 1 England
14 Sep 2011 8:45PM
Well worth the upload Steve a little cracker, superb detail.

14 Sep 2011 9:40PM
Excellent detail a cracking close up.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
15 Sep 2011 7:48AM
Excellent study.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2011 7:49AM
the b/g doesnt bother me and I think this a great capture
Roly 11 Wales
15 Sep 2011 6:19PM
Well captured.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
16 Sep 2011 12:31AM
Superb capture..........Sandy
Anna62 7 1 Australia
16 Sep 2011 9:54AM
lovely detail Steve..The background is fine the way it is..anymore may detract from the subject. Very well taken Smile
Tom-Melton 10 2 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2011 1:37PM
such a high quality image,back ground not perfect but the subject matter is excellent,Top shot in my opinion.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
16 Sep 2011 7:55PM
A fabulous pinemartin portrait Steve, the background looks fine to me
17 Sep 2011 2:17PM
Well captured shot Steve great detail.
ianrobinson Plus
8 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2011 10:02PM
A real stunner Steve i really like this shot.

Techno Plus
9 2.8k 8 England
18 Sep 2011 12:12PM
Nice work Steve.
Ayoob 7 Australia
18 Sep 2011 2:51PM
Brilliant capture and well presentation..........Grin
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
26 Sep 2011 5:06AM
you could always use a texture layer to disguise the bg.lesley

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