Nature at night – 2

25 May 2018 – 01:10 Suddenly something jumps by in the corner of our view. Something larger as a rat, but a lot quicker and more slender as the Hedgehog. It quickly disappears behind some logs, and we can’t see it anymore. A few minutes later, it appears again from the same corner and runs away before either of us had the opportunity to take a picture. But, we had good enough views to see it was a Western Polecat. No Beech Marten yet, but still a beautiful species!

Western Polecat

01:20 There he is! Again in the same corner and again very fast. This time, I expect it to do the same as the first time, so I keep my camera pointed at the place where I hope him to return. And so he does! A brief glance around the corner and then he runs off again. It all happens very quickly, but as I was prepared, I managed to get two shots of this elusive animal. Even though we’re not already for over three hours in our little hide, we are fully awake again and ready for what is to come…


Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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