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A Winter Weasel

by Bryan on March 1st, 2011

Bird photography has brought Vermont’s own Joan Thompson a certain level of notoriety. She has captured images of 570 species — rare and common alike — from across the continent. Joan takes most of her photos with a little Canon PowerShot she hand-holds to the eyepiece of her binoculars as an in-the-field zoom lens. But now Joan’s got a new camera — a hot little Canon S95 — and a new subject at the feeders over in Morrisville, a Long-tailed Weasel.

This species can be tough to tell from an Ermine (Short-tailed Weasel). But Joan’s images reveal that the tail on this one is about half the combined length of the animal’s head and body; on an Ermine the tail is about one-third the length. By the way, both species molt to a warm, brownish pelage in spring. For more of Joan’s photography click here and here (this second post includes a photo of Joan playing cello with the Vermont Philharmonic). Thanks, Joan!

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  1. Very nice photos! It’s such a sleek and elegant creature.

  2. Jane Stein permalink

    What a beautiful creature!

    Last summer, one of my cats brought home a tiny Least Weasel, something I didn’t even know existed. It looks pretty much like long and short-tailed weasels, but even smaller, not much bigger than the voles it preys on. How the cat managed to catch and kill it I can’t even imagine, but it made me very sad. Still, nice to learn we have such animals around.

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