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Another from the Christmas epz meet at the BWC.
Hand-held and not completely sharp but I was just thrilled to see one of these for more than a few seconds - the first time in three years that I've actually managed a shot of one Wink

Water voles occur mainly along well vegetated banks of slow flowing rivers, ditches, dykes and lakes. They are sometimes confused with brown rats which often also live near water courses. Indeed, it is sometimes called "the water rat", which is the origin of the water voles' fame as "Ratty" from Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows.

Water voles excavate extensive burrow systems into the banks of waterways. These have sleeping/nest chambers at various levels in the steepest parts of the bank and usually have underwater entrances to give the animals a secure route for escape if danger threatens. "Lawns" of closely cropped grass, occasionally with piles of chopped food, may surround burrow entrances. Water voles tend to be active more during the day than at night. Male voles live along about 130 metres of water bank, while females have ranges about 70 metres long.

Thanks for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome!
Regards - Sarah J x

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Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:sigma 70-300mm APO DG MACRO
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Arvicola Terrestris
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:3 Jan 2012 - 4:20 PM
Tags:Arvicola terrestris, British wildlife centre, Bwc, Lingfield, Newchapel, South east, Surrey, Water vole, Wildlife / nature
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Group Event:The 8th Annual BWC Meeting

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 4:59 PM

I've got a few just like this, can't think why that might be Grin

Ade

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 6Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:09 PM

excellent work here Sarah

Stace

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 5192 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:09 PM

They are so cute - excellent Sarah!
Ann

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:16 PM

Fantastic and lovely capture indeed,well done,
saeid

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:49 PM

Cute shot Sarah, and I can understand your excitement.

John Smile

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:49 PM

They are difficult to capture, but there are a few at Barnes Wetland /Wildfowl Trust site. Excellent close up Sarah.
Ron.

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tony64
tony64  10204 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 5:55 PM

This is great Sarah, I don't mind the slight out of focus because he is chewing! Wink(I think!)
Lovely autumnal 'rusty' colours too!
TonySmile

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Richard_OSullivan

lovely cute image Smile

Rick

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Samuel_Aron
3 Jan 2012 - 6:40 PM

Fantastic close-up!
Sam.

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posty57
posty57  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 8:31 PM

Lucky you.

Barry

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 96180 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 8:43 PM

Trust me not to attend and the voles are activeSmile

Do you remember Tales of the riverbank, narrated by Johnny Morris - the Hot chestnut man

Adrian

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 9:39 PM

Thanks everyone, appreciated!

Adrian, I can just about remember watching it but I've just listened to the theme tune on YouTube and that really brought some very early childhood memories to the fore Smile Smile

Sarah x

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 9:50 PM




but I wasn't born then Tongue

S x

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 9:58 PM

An excellent detailed close-up............Sandy

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 456 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jan 2012 - 11:02 PM

Super image Sarah J... Top notch

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James_C
James_C  536 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2012 - 8:57 AM

Well spotted and captured Sarah. I don't think I have ever seen one in the wild.

Happy New Year,

James

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44288 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2012 - 3:24 PM

I see I'm not the only one to think of Tale from the RiverbankSmile

A fine capture, Sarah. I don't feel the lack of a tripod has resulted in any major un-sharpness. A great capture.

Malc

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2012 - 4:04 PM

Looks good to me, Sarah, caught him having his lunch, too! Wink Excellent work Smile
Trev Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2012 - 4:14 PM

Thanks for your time and kind comments Smile

Sarah x

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 6200 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jan 2012 - 9:11 PM

Very nicely captured Sarah.
Derek

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 2:23 PM

well taken shot Sarah, and the information is interesting. No frost/mist still but very strong wind at the moment.
regards
Yung

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FeatherFriend e2 Member 732 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 5:52 PM

A super shot with lovely detail Sarah, didn't know it was possible to put music clips on here.....do you have to be a scientist Wink
Geoff.

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jan 2012 - 6:46 PM

Derek, Yung and Geoff - thank you Smile
Geoff, yep took me a little while Wink

Sarah x

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twelvemegs
7 Jan 2012 - 3:56 PM

Cracking capture Sarah.

David

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Glostopcat
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26 Jan 2012 - 10:52 PM

An enchanting image of this cute little creature, beautifully captured

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