Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Category: Stoats & Weasels

Photograph: British Stoat

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There is a saying that ‘a weasel is weasel-ey recognised and a stoat is stoat-ally different’, but it only serves to confirm how difficult it is to tell the two species apart. These little brown mustelids are both fast and ferocious, with sinuous bodies and short legs. But there are a few key indicators to look for if you see a tiny, slim brown mammal slip through the undergrowth at speed. Black tip to the tail: […]

Bandita, white stoat photographed by Robert E Fuller

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Meet Bandita, the white stoat who has been capturing hearts on social media and in the news. As a band of snow accompanied by freezing temperatures hit the UK from Eastern Europe, this cute little creature was ready for it. Stoats have the ability to turn white for essential camouflage in winter snows and Bandita’s coat turned well in advance of the arrival of ‘The Beast from the East’, as the weather front that has […]

Fidget my pet weasel

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I’ve been watching a family of wild weasels in my garden for two years, monitoring their lives closely via surveillance cameras hidden in the shrubbery. It’s been fascinating following their story through the seasons, from the moment the adult pair mated, to the birth of the kits and on to watching the young on their first hunting lesson. I’ve learned some interesting things about these tiny mammals along the way. For instance how early the […]

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Although weasels are common enough mammals it is rare to get more than a fleeting glimpse of one before it disappears into the undergrowth.I have followed the secret behaviour of these tiny predators through a number of cameras hidden in my garden for over a year. I have watched a female bringing up a litter of 7 kits, her battle for survival with a local stoat which sees her as a competitor and appears to […]

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One of the iconic wildlife images to emerge from 2015 was a photograph of a weasel clinging ferociously to the back of a green woodpecker in flight. I was spellbound by the image as it went viral on the Internet. The photograph conveyed in an instant a quality I had been studying closely all year – the sheer tenacity of this tiny predator. I’ve been watching wild weasels in my garden since March and painted the above […]

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The weasel kits continue to entertain me outside my kitchen window. This one is indulging in a really good scratch! If you’ve been following this blog you will know that they are among seven young weasel kits I’ve been filming ever since spotting their mother in my garden this spring. Watching the intimate interactions of this species ranks among the most spectacular sightings I’ve had in a life-time of watching wildlife. Although weasels are common […]

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Since the weasel’s kits were born she has moved them at least three times. She literally picks up each of the seven kits and carries them one by one to a new nest. This week I managed to capture her on film as she did this. It’s fascinating to see her pick each one up, firmly, and take it to the entrance and then move them again from there. At one point she drops one! […]

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The weasel I have been watching in the garden has had seven kits and this week she moved them into  my purpose built nesting chamber which means I can now watch the weasel family on CCTV. Watch this fascinating footage as she carries each weasel into the nest one by one. There are seven kits in total, under a week old.  The last thing she drags in is a dead mouse. It is amazing to […]

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