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 Post subject: Tiny Mammal
PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:19 pm 
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Didn't know what this was when I first came across it digging away under a log. Beetles escaping towards the top of the pic and a wood louse clearing out just above the mammal gave clues.

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Wee Beastie by warth man, on Flickr

Some food nearly escaped but the creature was equal to catching it.

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Wee Beastie 2 by warth man, on Flickr

And now it is revealed as a shrew. Voraciously hungry, it will eat insects, spiders, worms and anything it can tackle. It is not afraid of anything. Kind of a mini-Tasmanian Devil.

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Wee Beastie 3 by warth man, on Flickr

Having dealt with escapees it turns back to the main course. This was the view for the several minutes before I left.

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Wee Beastie 4 by warth man, on Flickr

Really good to see the results the RX100 was able to give in such a close quarters situation. I was able to get the front of the lens to about a foot away (30cms) for the first three pics and 8 inches away (20cms) for the last. The shrew was so engrossed in eating that it paid no attention to me at all. Interesting to note that the camera isn't hugely bigger than the shrew!


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Mammal
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:01 am 
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nice one, I am surprised you got that close.

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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Mammal
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 4:20 am 
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Its eyesight is very poor maxjj and it was completely engrossed in feeding. A dog found it too but the owners pulled it away. The shrew wasn't fazed by that either.


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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Mammal
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awesome capture warth... I hear they are somewhat rare to come across.

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 Post subject: Re: Tiny Mammal
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:37 am 
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Hi Wolfsong. No, they are not rare and in fact live up to their name here, Common Shrew. However it is probably true to say that they aren't noticed a lot because they are very small and always grubbing around in places like this where their main food supplies hide.

Not quite in the same league as your Grizzlies, Cougars and Lynxes!


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