Spot The Mink

It was dank along the east bank of the River Stour early this morning when I spotted this mink swimming downstream, zigzagging from one bank to the other, looking for its breakfast I expect. I followed the little fella for fifteen minutes or more. It was a very busy and focused mink.

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Mink searching for its breakfast in the River Stour.

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Mink searching for its breakfast in the River Stour.

 

The mink, the rabbit, and the shrew (camera trapped).

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This image was captured in the flooded withy wood.

The camera trap was setup on a well used track and its infrared flash covered in a double thickness of women’s tights. The proximity sensor was part covered on two sides with tape to narrow its field of sensitivity.

I don’t know what happened next, but I doubt it was good news for the rabbit.

Living Otter Holt Mink.

This image was camera trapped outside the living otter holt; again, using my wife’s tights to control the flash intensity.

As you will probably have gathered, I am sorting camera trap images. I have received emails asking for more camera trap images. I will setup a gallery shortly, to satisfy those that crave them.

Mink

 

Just how lucky can a person be?

I have 5 camera traps out on the marsh. Mike Averill, a fellow marsher, puts out his single trap on the bank of the River Stour for two nights and bags an otter, a mink, a fox, a badger, and geese. Mike has not sent me the badger image. Just how lucky can a person get? I’m sure it’s beginner’s luck, but you have to hand it to him: he has brought home the bacon this time. There is no denying photographic evidence. “Sick as a pig” comes to mind here. Well done, Mike!

Mike Averill writes:  Winding through the valley where Kidderminster sits, is the River Stour, acting like a motorway for wildlife linking the wetlands of Puxton and Wilden. There is plenty to see in the daytime if it is quiet, but un-noticed by most people is the night shift, which uses the river to get around. Canada Geese, Mink and most importantly the Otter pass through and sometimes leave the river to explore the Marsh. Resident Badger and Fox visit the landing place to check the visitors.

Fox.

Fox.

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Otter.

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Otter.

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Mink.

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Mink.

Geese.

Geese.