Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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This blog post follows a family of stoats in my North Yorkshire garden. The matriarch, Bandita,  is famous. She is the star of a BBC Natural World documentary. Autumn 2020 Stoat Kits At Play Stoat Camera Stories 2020 Now that Bandita has moved her family into the bin nest, she’s much closer to my house and I’ve been able to watch the young stoat kits as they grow up. These young mustelids are almost grown […]

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A precious few animals in the UK wear white for winter A handful of animal species have the remarkable ability to turn white in winter in order to match the snows of the season and the transition, which in the UK applies to ptarmigan – a genus of bird related to grouse – mountain hares and stoats, is something that fascinates me. Neither mountain hares nor ptarmigan are found in Yorkshire and although I have […]

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I have a unique habitat built especially for stoats and weasels in my garden in Yorkshire, in the north of England. Rigged with hidden cameras so that I can film these little-understood animals for my paintings, my ‘Stoat City’ and ‘Weasel Town’ featured in a TV nature documentary about weasels. This is the story of how I created the habitats. For US readers: In my blogs, a weasel refers to your ‘least weasel’ and stoat […]

bandita weasel after the tv show

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After starring in a ground-breaking TV documentary on weasels (Weasels: Feisty and Furious on BBC2 Natural World and Nature: The Mighty Weasels, PBS, USA), Bandita continued to care for her kits in my garden in Yorkshire, in the north of England, until they were 17 weeks old when they all dispersed to find territories of their own – all that is except for a female I named Crackle. This was surprising since in previous years […]

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A TV documentary filmed in my UK garden featured Bandita a stoat mum as she raised a family of five. The kits were a joy to watch as they romped through my garden – taking over the entire space as if it were their own. For US readers: In my blogs, a weasel refers to your ‘least weasel’ and stoat is your ‘short-tailed weasel’. For more on ID and definitions:  CLICK HERE A playground for stoat […]

filming bandita

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Bandita is the star of a TV documentary about the little-understood weasel animal family. A beautiful female stoat, mustela erminea, she lives in my garden in Yorkshire, in the north of England, and was filmed two years ago as she raised a litter of five kits here.  Stoats are one of the most elusive of mammals and it took more than 50 surveillance cameras, considerable field skills and a lot of luck to be able […]

stoat study

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A stoat scampers across the decking outside my studio and pauses at the patio door. She stands on her hind legs to press a delicate five-digit paw against the glass. Our eyes connect momentarily. I know this wild individual well. Her name is Bandita and at the time of writing, her portrait sits on my easel, awaiting the final touches. As Bandita slips away, I follow her movements via a bank of monitors next to […]

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 […]


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