Photo of the Day: American Mink

by John Briggs on April 20, 2011

in Blog, Photo of the Day, Wildlife

American Mink – Neovison vison

The American Mink spends most of its time in the water hunting for food. It is a good swimmer and can dive as deep as 16 feet. When a Mink feels threatened, it will spray the intruder with a foul-smelling liquid, just as a Skunk does. Unlike the skunk, the mink can’t aim its spray. When the mink is comfortable and feels safe, it makes a purring sound like a cat. The mink is very territorial and males will fight other Minks that invade their territory. The Mink marks its territory with scent.

I found this Mink scurrying across the rocks along the shore of Ice Pond on Arrowsic Island. As I photographed this animal, it must have heard the shutter on my camera. The Mink stopped and peeked over the rock at me and I captured the following photo.

The following photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Canon 400mm f/4 L IS lens. Simply click the thumbnail below for a full-sized view. ©2011 John Briggs Photography

American Mink

American Mink - Neovison vison

Happy birding!



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