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Doug L
11-21-2011, 12:04 AM
Mud Lake in West Ottawa is protected from the Ottawa River by a man-made berm about 8 metres high made primarily of sedimentary rock rubble. It has lots of shrubs and trees on top and is known locally as 'the Ridge'. Besides being a great spot for viewing migrating warblers, snapping turtles from Mud Lake lay there eggs there, and many insects, snakes and mammals make a home in the hillside - it's full of tiny holes and tunnels. One of my favourite dwellers to watch is a family of short-tailed weasels, though I haven't seen them recently. These two shots show the same (similar marks in the chewed up ear) critter in his / her? winter and summer fashions. When in winter apparell, they are called ermine. Both are taken with a 200mm F/4 lens.

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Iguanasan
11-21-2011, 08:33 AM
What a little cutie. I like the way the head is poking out to see what's going on in the first one.

Marko
11-21-2011, 11:08 AM
Both very cute shots!

Richard
11-21-2011, 03:08 PM
loving that first one.

Hillbillygirl
11-21-2011, 06:56 PM
Nice shots Doug. Like the cute peekaboo composition of the first shot, but the quality of the second shot is that much better.

Lizardqing
11-21-2011, 10:50 PM
Very cool, that first pose is great!

Doug L
11-22-2011, 04:15 AM
... the quality of the second shot is that much better.

Agreed. With shot #1, I remember rushing to capture the pose before the ermine moved - one of the drawbacks from using all - manual lenses and camera settings. Thanks everyone for the comments.

aubintbay
11-22-2011, 06:28 PM
Cute guy! I like the peek in that first one!

asnow
11-22-2011, 08:12 PM
They are so cute. Really digging that first one with the peek-a boo.

susan
12-06-2011, 06:02 PM
Thanks for sharing these little guys with us! Agreed with above statements... Shot one, I may have cropped a little off the left. The noise on the top one is distracting as well. The lower one is a stronger photo in general - IMO.