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I paid a visit to Slimbridge yesterday and despite it being foggy and misty for the first hour or two I was there, it did brighten up and there was a spell of hazy sunshine by lunchtime. I was extremely fortunate to catch sight of this little fellow just before I left to return home, he was close to the bridge that crosses the stream leading to the willow hide and the Holden Tower to those who are familiar with Slimbridge. This water vole was eating his lunch of some fresh green leaves when I spotted him and he did not appear to be bothered that I was in such close proximity to him. Within a couple of minutes there were a group of around six photographers watching his every move and snapping away at him. He stayed in full view for more than ten minutes before jumping into the water and swimming off upstream to go about his daily business. In the absence of "Gentleman Adventurer" Simon Fletcher, I thought i'd make a contribution to his lunch series to satisfy all those members like Alex Appleby, NDODS, Mikbee and CarolG who are struggling to get by without a daily upload from their lunch guru!WinkGrin I hope this cute little chap fills your Fletch Fix for todaySmile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:150.0 - 500.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 235.9 - 786.4 mm)
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:13 Mar 2014 - 2:18 PM
Focal Length:500mm
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/125sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual Temperature (Kelvin)
Title:Lunching Water Vole
Username:Glostopcat Glostopcat
Uploaded:14 Mar 2014 - 10:40 AM
Tags:Glos, Lunch, Slimbridge, Water vole, Wildfowl & wetlands trust, Wildlife / nature
Votes:50
Variant - TestsVariant - Tests

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 10:44 AM

A cute capture, Ed, and thank you for filling Simon's shoes whilst he is away Wink Carol

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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 11:16 AM

2 super captures Ed,

Ali Grin

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AlexAppleby
14 Mar 2014 - 12:23 PM

Very well done, glad to see you are ready to step up to the plate in Simon's absence! Very fond of the lunch series, and would be a contributor myself, but unfortunately I don't have a spare minute at the moment to post anything! Have a great weekend, looks like it's going to be another good one weather wise!

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 12:46 PM

Lucky you and well spotted and captured!

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 2:14 PM

Lovely pictures of this cute little fellow Ed.
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Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 1Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 3:40 PM

2 great captures of this cute critter EdSmile

Cliff

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 3:54 PM

V1, the sharp one, for me. You have definitely cornered the market for cute with this one.

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91895 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 4:40 PM

V1 for me too Ed - super sharp detail in that.
Brian.

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 5:11 PM

Two super cute captures, Ed!

Richard

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9100 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 5:35 PM

Great capture Ed.
Don't get a clear shot of these very often.

Derek

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Myathebirdwatcher999
Myathebirdwatcher999 Junior e2 Member 1Myathebirdwatcher999 vcard United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 - 5:55 PM

Two great shots

MyaGrin

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 7:04 PM

Many thanks for all your comments and clicks, they are much appreciated, Ed

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 7:24 PM

Glad that long glens is paying it's way Ed.
Lovely clear images of the vole and even a catchlight!
Kate GrinGrinGrin

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 - 8:24 PM

They are both such compelling images... I'd love to see one for real... Good capture I like both. IB

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
14 Mar 2014 - 8:49 PM

Lovely captures Ed, well taken.
Brian

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
14 Mar 2014 - 11:04 PM

Excellent capture Ed, great detail,
Fred.

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
14 Mar 2014 - 11:15 PM

Great shot Ed. Tried, without luck, to get some of these todayGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron.

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 3:57 AM

He is a cutie. An excellent pair of imagesGrin
Ryan

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 4accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 8:13 AM

A good capture to end your day at Slimbridge Ed. I have yet to get a decent shot of one of these cute little chaps. I don't know about this filling of Simons shoes much - your own shoes seem pretty well filled to me. A

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livinglevels
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15 Mar 2014 - 9:32 AM

Good sharp shot of "Ratty". Great capture.
Paul

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ChristineD
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16 Mar 2014 - 8:00 PM

Excellent captures, v1 for the sharpness

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Drighlynne
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16 Mar 2014 - 8:34 PM

Great capture, this is one creature I would love to photograph.

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danbrann
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16 Mar 2014 - 10:56 PM

A little beauty Ed.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 11:16 AM

Two delightful images, Ed, with V 1 my favourite.
R.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 9:50 PM

Nicely captured, Ed, good to see a creature not often seen in the galleries.

Dave

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