SHREW

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:36 pm
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[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] common_nature
Yesterday I got to see a tiny shrew very close-up and it was very exciting.

So I was sitting on a muddy path in a wooded area because of reasons (ok, exhausted after climbing) when I saw movement and a tiny thing scurrying past me. I figured that glimpse was all I'd see, but I turned round to see where it'd gone and it was on the path on the other side of me, and with great caution so as not to startle it I managed to dig my phone out of my coat pocket:

longshot in which a tiny shrew may be visible among rocks and moss

(There's nothing to give a sense of scale, but the shrew is a few centimetres long. It makes mice look big.)

THEN --

I was able to lean in closer, because the shrew had found an earthworm on the path and was thoroughly occupied, because apparently if you have to eat every 2-3 hours to survive you don't give a shit about the large inedible mammal looming in your direction:

Closer shot of the shrew, which is eating a small pale thing which is probably a worm

At this point, I am lying on the muddy path with my arm stretched out, trying to get the phone as close as possible to the shrew without frightening it off. This is probably one reason why the photos are blurry, but the other is that shrews are in constant veryveryfast motion. Nonetheless, this is the best shot I got of how its snout wiggles around like an anteater's:



Ultimate close-up:



For reference, this is what a shrew looks like without the motion blur:

Shrew photo courtesy of the RSPB

Date: 2017-07-22 12:49 pm (UTC)
sylvaine: Dark-haired person with black eyes & white pupils. (Default)
From: [personal profile] sylvaine
Eeeeeee! :D

Date: 2017-07-22 01:07 pm (UTC)
veritas_poet: (Sunflower - sunglasses)
From: [personal profile] veritas_poet
Thanks for going through all that trouble! I'm a city person (not by choice) so I love seeing critters of various kinds.

Date: 2017-07-22 01:13 pm (UTC)
veritas_poet: (Dream out loud)
From: [personal profile] veritas_poet
Excellent!

Date: 2017-07-22 02:04 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
Wow! What an amazingly cool encounter with a fierce predator!

Date: 2017-07-23 05:41 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
*grins back* Watched a spider trap and eat a small fly the other day. Terrifying!

Date: 2017-07-22 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] manuleanders
So tiny! And great job on getting several photos of it.

Date: 2017-07-22 04:38 pm (UTC)
kotturinn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kotturinn
Those are amazing!

Date: 2017-07-22 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
At this point, I am lying on the muddy path with my arm stretched out, trying to get the phone as close as possible to the shrew without frightening it off.

Heh, thanks for your efforts, I've not seen one before I don't think!

Date: 2017-07-22 06:20 pm (UTC)
stheno: A curious-looking brown rat with one paw raised. ([critters] friend rat)
From: [personal profile] stheno
What a cool thing to get to experience!

Date: 2017-07-22 06:52 pm (UTC)
turlough: Party Poison making heart-heands, art by askpoison ((mcr art) *heart*)
From: [personal profile] turlough
Amazing that you managed to take photos of it!

Date: 2017-07-22 08:33 pm (UTC)
lavendertook: (squirrel in snow)
From: [personal profile] lavendertook
Cutest Killer Shrew eva!

Date: 2017-07-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lavendertook
That was a classic of greatness that my dad raised us on.πŸ“ΊπŸπŸƒπŸ» πŸ€

Date: 2017-07-23 12:31 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
Omg, I'm amazed you could just lie on the ground and take photos of it - it must have been very focused on this worm.

I'm also amazed THAT you just got right down on the ground to take the photos. That's some awesome dedication.

Wow!

Date: 2017-07-23 05:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
How exciting.

Date: 2017-07-23 12:47 pm (UTC)
thnidu: gold sculpture of a "thumbs up" gesture (thumbs up)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
Thank you for these pics.

Date: 2017-07-23 10:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I am lying on the muddy path with my arm stretched out, trying to get the phone as close as possible to the shrew without frightening it off.

The taming of the shrew!

It's super cute, thank you for the pictures.

Date: 2017-07-25 12:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pronker
Wonderful! Thanks for posting. How invisible they are, generally, compared to other wildlife. As you say, eating so often for survival makes them a good metaphor for ... something. :)

Date: 2017-08-01 05:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesy
So cute!

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