Big changes! I moved back to Calgary and I got a Canon Powershot with 50x zoom for my birthday. No more unidentifiable brown blobs in the distance thanks to my new vision superpower. My previous camera was a Canon Powershot with 3x zoom.
I saw this marvelous mink swimming across the Elbow River, a little bit south of Stanley Park. I guessed that it was a weasel. But after a bit of research, I learned that the word “weasel” refers to any mammal of the family Mustelidae. And usually, the word “weasel” is assumed to refer to the Least Weasel.
The mink was a fast swimmer. It disappeared into the bushes on the eastern shore of the river before I could get the lens cap off my camera. I walked on. Then I heard a Mallard quack as it swim-flew away from where the mink had disappeared. Hmm… maybe I should go back and look for it, I thought. So I did. I scrambled down a steep slope to the water’s edge and looked toward the bushes. Nothing. Some cute Mallard ducklings swam my way. I took some pictures. And then… I saw a cute furry brown head poke out from behind some rocks. It looked at me and retreated behind the rocks. I waited. And tentatively, it came out completely and stared at the water for 30 seconds or so. Then it slipped in and swam away.
Nature Has No Boss posted a cool, action-packed picture of an American Mink a little over a week ago. That is how I figured out the little brown river mammal was a mink.