Robert E Fuller Wildlife Artist Blog

Tag: stoat behaviour

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 camera stories

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Welcome to the first of my Stoat Camera Stories where I share the highlights from cameras trained on a family of stoats living in my garden. The story begins this year with two females, a mother and daughter, who have set up home in the same territory. Watch the tense family drama unfold as they both become pregnant and prepare for the arrival of their kits. Scroll down to see the paintings this study has […]

stoat camera stories

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This is the story of a family of stoats living in my garden in North Yorkshire. An intensive five-year study into the secret world of stoats I have been watching six generations of a remarkable stoat dynasty for five years now. I follow these little known mammals from the moment the kits are born inside their animal nests to their first experiences of winter snows, getting to know each one individually, giving names to most. […]


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