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)
2 stoats running around seen by Paulo
It was difficult to identify the number and distinguish the mammalian species
Unsure, but looks like could potentially be a stoat. Not sure what it is shown in the second photo that smeared most of the card.
Resident at 30 Avon street, saw a stoat in her back yard. She called Council to ask about the baitstations refill at Erskine an mentioned the sighting of about 6 months ago
Observation made to WCC call centre by Mark Locker. Stoat was seen here running across the road between 28-30 Dorking Road, close to the town belt.
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. Since the late 19th century, stoats have been introduced to New Zealand to control rabbits, but...