David Element

 

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

 

__________________________________________________________________________________ Mammals 6 – European Moles

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN MOLE Talpa europaea

 

 

 

                                                                        EUROPEAN MOLE Talpa europaea

 

 

 

 

·         The photographer is not in the habit of photographing captive animals but a rare opportunity to photograph this European Mole Talpa europaea (many years ago, hence the scans of dusty transparencies – circa 1982 – it was hard to distinguish between the dust-spots and the dirt on the photographer’s hand!) was too good to refuse as it had managed to become stranded on an asphalt road in North Wales. It was going round in circles and needed to be rescued for its own safety.  This animal’s impressively powerful digging equipment, tiny eyes and thick, short and dense fur may all be seen in these pictures, to date the only images of this species that the photographer has managed to obtain. Their subterranean life-style doesn’t make it easy.

 

 

 

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