Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

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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 […]

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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  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 This collection of 16 paintings of both species follows a five-year intensive study of these animals in my garden… Read about these studies here. Scroll down to see the paintings in the collection and read all about the wildlife sightings that gave me inspiration. 1. Standing Proud […]

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Although they are very common animals, not much is known about weasels. I built habitats in my garden so that I could study them for my paintings, following their every move via wildlife cameras. Members of the mustelid family, the same animal family as stoats, wolverines and badgers, I discovered some fascinating facts about these secretive creatures. For US readers: In my blogs, a weasel refers to your ‘least weasel’ and stoat is your ‘short-tailed […]

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 […]

Photograph: Wildlife Artist and Photographer Robert E Fuller with a Stoat

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The Wonderful World of Weasels and Stoats More is known about the habits of snow leopards than of weasels and stoats, so as a wildlife artist and photographer I created a haven in my garden in order to capture their magical, brutal lives. Here’s what I found…. Photograph: Weasel among pink saxifrage Untrustworthy, sly and vicious: the negative characteristics of weasels and stoats can be traced back to ancient times. Back then these tiny carnivores […]

stoat study

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Weasels and stoats are among the world’s smallest predators, and yet they figure large in the human psyche, appearing in legends and myths from around the world. Stories of their prowess date back to our ancient times when they were associated with witches and believed to be omens of death. The ancient Macedonians believed that seeing a weasel was a good omen, whilst the ancient Greeks held the superstition that a weasel was an embittered bride […]

stoats v weasels

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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: […]


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