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Stoat

Observed: 3rd March 2013 By: MJKeatingMJKeating’s reputation in Mammals
Stoat
Description:

Spotted a pair of bright eyes staring at my headlights yesterday evening, as I slowed down and got closer it was clear to see it was a stoat, due to its colouring and black tipped tail. Unfortunately I was unable to get a picture of my own so have had to settle for an image from google.

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Comments

gramandy's picture

welcome...

....to iSpot - you need to edit your pic and get recommended - this will give you the full name (latin as well), this will get you the carousel of other pics as well :)

You're right and I will agree when you edit (if you don't do this someone else will). Hope you have fun on this site as I know I do. PS what's the C in the middle of the pic?

You also need to edit your location as you're in the middle of the North Sea - not sure you would find a stoat here.

MJKeating's picture

Hi gramandy. Thanks for your

Hi gramandy.

Thanks for your comments and help with logging my first observation on the site. I've been trying to find a site like this for ages and it seems perfect!

haha...Clearly I didn't see the Stoat in the North Sea but I was having problems trying to plot exactly where I had come across the little fella. Also, because I was driving I was unable to get my own snap of it so have just taken one from the internet. Hopefully I can capture my own pics in future! Do you always capture your own photos when you see wildlife?

Cheers

M Keating

gramandy's picture

better to post....

..your own pics as they are a better recording for the area and a true reflection of what you saw. iSpot also has the policy that you must obtain the permission of the owner to post their pics for legal reasons (IP and all that). I'd definitely get your own so that you don't run into any legal trouble.

Anyway have fun posting your pics here and there are a lot of experts here who know a lot more than I do and will help you ID your pics. Always beware of the absolute if you're not sure say so and you will gets lots of help. In the same token always have a crack you will remember the right ones and hopefully the wrong ones (I've got a few of these to my name - only yesterday in fact).

Graham

Martin Harvey's picture

not having a photo

Hi, and welcome to iSpot!

Just to clarify, most people on iSpot do post their own photos of the wildlife they've seen - they don't have to be 'top-quality' but of course it helps if they show enough detail to confirm an identification.

But we realise that you can't always get a photo of everything you see, and if you do want to share an observation it's okay to use someone else's photo, as long as:
A) you make it clear in the observation description that the photo you are showing is not of the plant or animal you actually saw, and
B) as Graham says, you must have permission to upload the photo, and give credit to where it comes from.

For further information see:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/faq-nophoto

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Entomologist and biological recorder

MJKeating's picture

Hi Martin, Thanks for your

Hi Martin,

Thanks for your comments...I'll ensure I use my own photos going forward just to give it the authenticity and confirmation of its identity. I would have loved to have captured the stoat yesterday evening but I was stuck behind the wheel doing 50mph (in a national speed limit area I might add!!)

I'm looking forward to getting to know the site more and to enjoy everybody elses observations!

Thanks again

Matt

M Keating

DavidHowdon's picture

Agreements

And if you do use a photo that is not your own I'm not sure it is going to be possible for many people to agree the identification unless you also provide some field notes on how you identified the animal you did see.

Gill Sinclair's picture

Using other people's photos

First of all, I'd like to emphasise that this is a general comment and doesn't just relate to this posting of the stoat (so I'm not 'having a go':-)), but I would be much happier agreeing with a good description (e.g. in this instance ginger and white weasel-type animal with distinct black tip to the tail) than a photo that wasn't actually of the animal observed.

I hadn't seen the iSpot FAQ, and I'm actually a bit surprised by that advice. I think there's a danger that users might 'think' they've seen a particular animal, look it up on the internet, convince themselves that this was what they saw, and then post the 'borrowed' photo - any description of 'defining characteristics' is going to be driven by that photo and is hardly going to conflict with any feature in it. Whereas if users post their own photos or at least give a full description, we know what's being described is exactly what they saw and nothing more.

I make the assumption that any photo posted on iSpot was taken by the observer, and I'd rather not be having to scrutinise every posting to see whether this is the case!

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

MJKeating's picture

Hi Gill. Thanks for your

Hi Gill.

Thanks for your comments and I completely agree with what you say and don't worry I don't see it as you having a go! I didn't really want to add a picture that wasn't my own and won't do going forward but I really had no chance of taking the snap on this ocassion and due to being a new member I didn't really know what I was doing! Hopefully other users and observers will get to enjoy some of my acutal nature snaps from now on. :-)

This is an excellent site and is something I have been trying to find for a long time! If it wasn't for someone spotting a snowy owl in Scotland last week, which made the news I wouldn't have been aware of its existance but glad I am now!

Thanks

Matt

M Keating

DavidHowdon's picture

Glad you find it useful

keep using it. And do feel free to post entries without a picture if you didn't get one, descriptions of what you saw and how you knew it was what it was are very valuable.

Gill Sinclair's picture

iSpot is a great resource and community

Hi Matt

Yes, iSpot is a great resource and community, and I'm sure you'll enjoy using it. I look forward to seeing your photos and IDs, and don't worry if any of the photos wouldn't win Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award. Defining features are all we need - words or pictures!

Gill

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
www.gillsinclair.net
Twitter @Gill_Sinclair

MJKeating's picture

Yes I appreciate that and to

Yes I appreciate that and to be honest I personally wouldn't agree the ID of something based on a photograph from google images. I just wish I could have got a snap of the Stoat yesterday. I've just added some comments to my observation to highlight the fact I have used another photo.

Thanks guys!

M Keating