Mainly Mammals

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Lovely shots Tony, the Mother/Bambi shot especially is just wonderful.

    HAZY said:
    Crocs and Sharks are not actually mammals but who cares. ROFL

    It does say "Mainly" Mammals, and no-ones counting anyway.!! :-)

    I can’t remember if I’ve told this story before but I’ll tell it again anyway. A number of years ago Mrs A and myself were sitting having a sandwich on the bank of a local burn when we noticed a Weasel coming along towards us with what looked like a Mouse or a Vole in its jaws. It almost came right up to us before it realised we were sitting there. Once it had seen us, it shot under a nearby Gorse bush where it spent a good minute or so poking its head in and out of the bush watching us. It then shot back out of the bush (without its dinner) and swam the ten foot or so to the other side of the wee burn where it shot up the far bank and disappeared into the long grass. Again, it spent a bit of time poking its head up and down on the far shore watching us. I don’t claim to know the thought processes of Weasels, but I suspect it must have decided that we weren’t a threat to it, so rather than losing out on its hard earned meal, it decided to swim back over to our side of the burn where it then retrieved the Mouse/Vole from where it had stashed it under the Gorse bush. It then plunged straight back in and swam back over to the other side with its prey firmly in its jaws. It got back out on the other side and was last seen disappearing into the long grass on the far bank. :-)

    The photos are really terrible as (I think) I’d only had first ever 35mmm SLR for a few weeks, but here they are anyway.

    Weasel….(oh yes it is.!!)….swimming back to retrieve its dinner.

    Swimming back (for the 3rd time) with dinner firmly gripped its jaws.!!

    :-)

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  • In reply to Paul A:

    Lovely shots Hazel, I've yet to see a Boar in the wild.

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  • In reply to Paul A:

    Your story of the Weasel is great Paul so I'll tell you mine & the Wild Boar. It was about 16 years ago & we were renoavating our old B&B & I heard the neighbours dogs barking. I went out into the courtyard of our house to see who was there & came face to face with a huge Wild Boar. I happened to have a spirit level in my hand (as one does) & it took one look at me & turned & ran. It tried to barge through the neighbours fence & then disappeared off into the vines via his garden. I don't suppose anyone would have believed me except that it left very deep prints in our flower bed (identified later) & our neighbours destroyed fence. It was apparantly being hunted in the local vines, so I was very lucky it didn't charge at me & give me a nasty poke with it's horn!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Wow some good stories there folk, I'd love to see a Weasel carrying it's prey and then watching you and your wife closely Paul, and your story Hazel is a little worrying, coming face to face with a wild boar and living to tell the tale, pretty exciting stuff.

    Lot to learn

  • In reply to Noisette:

    A mammal (or mainly) thread sounds like a good idea. I don't see a great many, other than cyrils, unfortunately and get to photograph even fewer!!

    ...well, apart from the little nibble thief I'd already put in today's post that is.

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  • In reply to Nigel O:

    Please feel free to post it here as well Nigel, all Mammals welcome. :-)

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  • In reply to gaynorsl:

    I think this thread is going to be quite entertaining so well starting this idea;  the wonderful Coypu and Otter

    @ Hazel, amazing to see a wild boar and interesting Badger lane.

    @ Paul, I loved the story of the Weasel Paul and the fact it returned for its prey.   Photos either clear or not do tell their own story too so it was good to see the pics which show it swimming rapidly.  I think a lot of these special moments in life remain engrained on the memory and encounters we don't come across very often.   Keep 'em coming:)

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    Regards, Hazel 

    "Each kindness shown to birds or men is sure to flutter back again" 

  • In reply to HAZY:

    Hare today gone tomorrow!

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France

  • In reply to Noisette:

    Cracking thread Paul, love Hazel's Hare.

    And Hazel's Antipodean "mammals"!!

    A couple from this morning.

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  • In reply to Alan.:

    Cracking little Weasel Alan, a very hard frost too, I expect it's paws were cold. Is that a bit of bread it's eating?

    Best wishes

    Hazel in the Gironde estuary, France