The honor of Image of the Month for December 2013 goes to Sucheth Lingachar's Himalayan Weasel.
Let me confess that it was very difficult to decide the winner for December. There were rare images of species which are in my list of "things to see before I die". In this image of the Himalayan Weasel, the composition and the beauty of the species stands out. Cuteness factor was written all over the image. Just the right ingedients to make a kid fall in love with our beautiful wildlife.
Here is the original text by Sucheth:
Photographed in Hemis National Park at Ladakh( Rumbak Valley).
The conservation status, according to the IUNC, is near threatened because it is considered to be in a significant decline and requires monitoring mainly because of habitat and resource loss.
Nikon D7100, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED + AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II/14E
F/7.1, 1/2000s, ISO 400