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Polecat (Mustela putorius)

Polecat (Mustela putorius)
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): British Wildlife Centre - 12 July 2006, Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-22 6:21
Viewed: 5193
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The polecat (Mustela putorius) is of considerable conservation significance in Britain. This is particularly so because of its current recolonisation of many areas of lowland Britain from which it was trapped to extinction at the end of the 19th century. They live in Wales now and are more common on mainland Europe. This photograph was taken at the British Wildlife Centre.

The largest member of the genus Mustela in Britain, polecats have weasel-like slender bodies, short legs and a broad head. Males are much larger and heavier than females, but other than this size difference they share the same general appearance, with a buff to black coloured coat, and a black face with a white mask around it. During winter the coat is thick, lustrous and glossy, but in summer it is thinner and appears somewhat faded.

post processing: The image has been cropped and run through my usual operations, but I have tried the evaluation version of LightZone for the RAW conversion. It was able to give the most detail in the highlights.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-23 2:30]

Great close-up portrait of this polecat, Dan.
The details are a bit soft, but the POV is excellent. Good light as well. TFS. : )

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-07-23 12:36]

Hi Dan,
A nice shot of the Polecat (I think this is Mum :-)) Good detail, perfect exposure and again excellent colours, exactly as I remember her :-)

Hi Dan, Lovely shot of the adult polecat. The colours, exposure and sharpness are spot on and the background is nicely OOF. It's a lovely portrait, well done :)

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