This small animal scurried across my trail about 40 feet in front of me. It was 8-10" long, creamy white, except for black margins along the tail. It disappeared into the underbrush too quickly for a picture, but I think these were its tracks.
Stoat seen crossing road between Bowen and Blackbridge Road going towards Otari - reported to Crofton Downs Predator Free community.
2 stoats reported to NZBSL staff in Central Park - rough information as only left on vehicle
often seen, also in the following days, in Gaish and up to the "Cosmos Station"
Report from GW of stoat sighting at cutting at breaker bay
Found on the side of the road.
I assume it has been hit by a vehicle.
While staying with friends on Boxing Day 2005, I heard birds mobbing something in the garden. Apparently a juvenile ferret had been hanging around, so I put the 300 mm on the camera and investigated. Turned out to be this stoat. This was one of a couple of O.K. photographs I managed.
An old photograph, but I'm posting it at Tony's instigation ;-)
Stoat on track outside the Karori sanctuary/Zealandia pest proof fence. Very close to where I had seen one 3 years earlier. This one stood up to see me better, then took off up the track.
Main image is a slideshow of a number of shots that I took of it (no movie mode this time), heavily cropped. 2nd image shows my actual view. 3rd image closeup of stoat standing on hind legs.
This area is outside the far end of the sanctuary, well away from houses, next to farmland and regenerating bush.
Stoat looking through the KWST pest proof fence, then running down the track.
Thought I had spotted a rabbit on the track in the distance, but when it moved I realised what it was. I think I got one shot of it as it disappeared into the distance up the track, but found my photo card was full. I rapidly cleared off photos I had just taken to make some room with the thought I might be able to catch up with it. To my astonishment it turned around and came back down the track, possibly because I was relatively still while deleting photos! It was peering, and presumably scenting, through the fence as it came. It passed right between me and the fence, but I had a hard time getting any focused shots with my point&shoot camera, but I switched to video mode to catch the departing beast.
(Shift-refresh or select one of the other image sizes to play it again)
The stoat (Mustela erminea), also known as the short-tailed weasel, is a species of Mustelidae native to Eurasia and North America, distinguished from the least weasel by its larger size and longer tail with a prominent black tip. The name ermine is often, but not always, used for the animal in its pure white winter coat, or the fur thereof. In the late 19th century, stoats were introduced into New Zealand to control rabbits. The stoats...