I was just about to pack away my camera kit as it was a quiet day on the marsh; I then spotted a stoat, mindful of a reported stoat taking a rabbit a couple of months ago I decided to stay and watch events unfold! Well the stoat was running in between the rabbits in and out of burrows and to be honest the rabbits were not spooked at all by this little maniac. Some would not even move out of the path of the stoat deliberately/ confidently standing their ground.
The stoat continued his little game for a few minutes annoying the rabbits then all off a sudden he sprang into action, I can only assume he sensed he had found the weakest rabbit in the group. The chase commenced and it looked like the stoat would easily be out paced; how wrong I was. The stoat just seem to keep on running and eventually tire his prey out and then pounce. Once he had the rabbit it still took a while to finish him off. A few bites from the stoat and squeals from the rabbit and eventually all fell silent the rabbit losing it's fight for life.
The stoat his hunt complete then dragged the rabbit to the nearest rabbit hole to enjoy his lunch out of sight of other opportunistic predators like fox, Ravens and Buzzards.
I won't label the pictures tonight they speak for themselves I think. Some may look slightly soft, however follow a rapidly moving twisting and turning chase I am quite pleased with what I got and witnessed.