I was on the way to work when a flash of brown, sped across the road. It was a stoat, with a rodent in its mouth. In its surprise and haste to avoid my car wheel it dropped its prize. Knowing their cheek, I pulled over, jumped out of my car with my camera in hand just in time to get this shot of the stoat returning to retrieve its meal. The Irish Stoat, which is an unique sub species, can be identified by the ragged edge of white on the chest, as apposed to the smooth edge seen on continental stoats.
|Irish Stoat - by Padraig Cregg|