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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-18 17:22
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Done on the shore of Lake Ontario - Toronto

The American Mink, Neovison vison, is a North American member of the Mustelidae family found in Alaska, Canada and most of the United States.

Mink are semi aquatic predators able to hunt both aquatic and terrestrial prey. They can dive under water like an otter to capture fish, crayfish, and frogs. They can also capture terrestrial prey like birds, snakes, mice, voles, and rabbits. Mink are generalist predators focusing on whatever prey is most available and easily captured. These animals are mainly active at night and do not hibernate. Their predators include coyotes, Great Horned Owl, and wolves. They are also trapped for their fur. Their numbers have been reduced due to loss of habitat, the effects of pollution on their aquatic food supply, and the mixing of domestic mink genes into the wild mink gene pool

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Hi Mario,
first let me say what an excellent capture this one is.What I like about it is the visual impact that it has and the fish in the mink's mouth adds so much interest to the composition.The colour is accurate and not over done and the little animal's face and the fish's are both sharp and clear giving us all a well detailed shot to enjoy.Thanks Mario this is a first rate photo you share with us today. Bob

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-02-18 22:48]

Hi Mario!

You present us a beautiful picture of that Mink. This is pure wildlife photography. I like the fact that the Mink has its capture between the teeth very much. This really adds to the value of the picture. Moreover, the technical aspects are all perfect.

Kind regards


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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-18 22:52]

what a superb capture. you rarely see something like this.

Mario merhaba,avını yakalamış geliyor.Diagonal bir kompozisyonla güzel bir fotoğraf olmuş,ne kadar sevinçlidir kim bilir,ellerine sağlık:)

Hallo Mario
Great close capture of this cute (but I am sure dangerous ) little animal in a nice swimming pose. I like the big black eye and the cute pink snout which show well on your image. I found your notes rather intereseting to learn what these Minks eat. The fish as well as the ripples of the water displays well on this photo. Lovely presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

hello Mario

excellent timing from you to shoot this photo
of the American Mink with his capture,
with fine POV, i love the way he is framed on the image,
excellent focus on his head, with that wonderful
catch-light at his eye that render the photo more beautiful, TFS


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2009-02-20 15:59]

Hi Mario
This is such a rare picture, it's the first time I see a mink swimming with a fish in its mouth.
Wonderful sharpness and details, great colors.

Beatiful shot Mario. You can make out a lot of detail in the fish it's such a clear shot. Very nice colours as well. Trevor

Hi Mario
incredible shot. Minks are shy. You captured him with great details and in the middle of rare action. I'm impressed.

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