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Reflections of a Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius)

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Many thanks to all those of you that took time out to vote and comment on my previous upload I agree they were a little soft.
Today just a water vole - again not the best of shots but one I like.
Your comments, suggestions and tips are always very much appreciated.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/50sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:500
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Spot
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Reflections of a Water Vole (Arvicola amphibius)
Username:Ray42 Ray42
Uploaded:15 Mar 2011 - 6:52 AM
Tags:Arvicola amphibius, Rodent, Water vole, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 6:56 AM

A beauty, Ray, love those bright beady eyes! Carol

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 7:37 AM

Endearing little fellow and a lovely reflection. So nice seeing him/her enjoying dinner too!

Ann

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goso
goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 7:40 AM

Great little bloke and caught well Ray...Bill

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
15 Mar 2011 - 7:44 AM

Cracking capture Ray of this little critter.

Len

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6249 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 7:50 AM

Super pose and capture Ray -good focus on the eyes and great textures and tones of the natural surroundings. Beautiful reflections. You should be very pleased with this one.
Sylvia

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tressypittkerby

Lovely. I like the reflection of his eyes in the water. Smile

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 8:15 AM

What a dear little chappie ... love both sets of eyes !

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franken
franken e2 Member 123197 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 8:39 AM

Brilliant capture!

Ken

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
15 Mar 2011 - 8:42 AM

Hi Ray , great shot gray.

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 - 8:47 AM

What a great capture Ray, your so lucky to spot one.
Brian

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acousticmist
15 Mar 2011 - 8:55 AM

Super shot Ray, love the reflection in the water, very well captured............Martin

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 8:58 AM

Sad I want oneWink you did well to get this superb picture

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 9:02 AM

I did very well to get this Ann - nearly fell in twice - once getting down for the shot and once getting up - still I always was a drip!!! LOL

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TonyWatson
15 Mar 2011 - 9:04 AM

Super shot Ray
Doc

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Natzdad
Natzdad  629 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 9:10 AM

Two for the price of one great value shot of a fairly rare creature..Mick

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan  4 England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 10:23 AM

Well caught shot ,did well getting full face .still quite scarce and shy.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1078 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 10:51 AM

Brilliant! An intimate little moment captured beautifully.
And Featured e2 Photo just now.
Moira

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 11:51 AM

Cracking good shot Ray. You have every right to be pleased with this one.
Ron

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 - 12:33 PM

Quite an enchanting capture!
IB

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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 1:28 PM

What excellent and lovely capture of this little animal,
saeid

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gary_d
gary_d  6556 forum posts Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 2:15 PM

A lovely shot Ray and I am pleased to be No 30. - gary

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
15 Mar 2011 - 3:30 PM

I like this very much Ray. Lovely capture and reflection. What beady little eyes it has. Moira

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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 4:21 PM

Super shot Ray.

Colin

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 4:32 PM

I am a Vole and my dad's on the Dole !

Superb capture.

Rock

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vickyf
vickyf e2 Member 9vickyf vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 5:31 PM

Super image and love the vegetation/meal!

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8806 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1636 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 6:58 PM

Such a nice natural capture, and the reflection is a bonus.

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rogerfry
rogerfry e2 Member 9509 forum postsrogerfry vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2011 - 8:16 PM

Beautifully taken image of this elusive little creature Ray.....caught at just the right moment.

Roger

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brownsilent
brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 9:12 PM

Lovely little animal, nice reflection, esp. the eyes!
Johanna

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BarbAnna
BarbAnna  4 England
15 Mar 2011 - 9:48 PM

Superb capture and a great reflection, well done Ray........ Barbara

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2011 - 10:03 PM

A cracking capture Ray.
Pete.

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SandraKay
SandraKay e2 Member 7233 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 3:11 PM

I just love this one, Ray. You've caught the character of the little water vole perfectly.
Sandra

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Adderwatcher
16 Mar 2011 - 5:53 PM

Love these guys! Excellent capture Ray!
Scott

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 7:26 PM

Great shot Ray with the reflection setting it off so well
Lillian

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Techno
Techno  61009 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 10:07 PM

Ratty at his best, nice work Ray.Wink
Mal

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2011 - 10:35 PM

Excellent & artistic capture, Ray. Nice work. Stay well.
Ciao...Peter Wink

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 7:34 AM

Superb! What more can I say?

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charly16
charly16 Junior Member 3 England
17 Mar 2011 - 8:23 AM

Great shot Smile

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lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
17 Mar 2011 - 9:53 AM

Beautiful image, well captured.
Allen,

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rpba18205
rpba18205 e2 Member 5rpba18205 vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 12:49 PM

Lovely capture. I've been looking for one of those, with no luck as yet.
Rob.

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Imagephotographics

Don't know how I missed this super shot Ray - well done indeed !

Chris

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 6:36 PM

Really well done Ray, I would like to just get one in the viewfinder Wink
Geoff.

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brownbear
brownbear  5 England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 8:13 PM

You say it looks soft, but they are! Super capture and reflection.
Geoff

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 10:26 PM

Really like it's reflection in water and the inclusion of so much fg. It makes for a wonderful image Ray. Paul

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2011 - 11:16 PM

Excellent captured image,lovely water vole.I have never seen a closer picture of them before...keep searching..Smile
Jasmine

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KevinWalsham
18 Mar 2011 - 7:36 AM

super fine capture

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raygregson
raygregson e2 Member 6raygregson vcard United Kingdom
18 Mar 2011 - 5:30 PM

superb capture ray,well done indeed.ray

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imagio
imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2011 - 6:43 PM

Looks good to me Ray

bernie

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2011 - 11:47 PM

Brilliant capture.Well done. Lin

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Mar 2011 - 10:30 AM

Morning wash, he looks as if he is freshing up , lol,
Beautifully captured,fine detail,no, 70 I think ,

Aidan ,,

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2011 - 11:15 AM

Very well captured - always a bonus with food - makes it a bit tricky because they're constantly on the move - good focus on the eyes and great reflection - Ina

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
20 Mar 2011 - 8:09 PM

looks good with the addd bonus of the reflection.lesley

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Jekaro
Jekaro e2 Member 5Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
21 Mar 2011 - 7:26 AM

A cracking shot, Ray, very well captured and with a fabulous reflection.
Roy

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
21 Mar 2011 - 9:11 PM

Excellent detail but I'd run a mile if it came near me !!! Gill

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DitoInacio
23 Mar 2011 - 12:46 AM

So great!!! Gorgeous details. Well see and taken.

regards

Dito

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accipiter
accipiter e2 Member 5accipiter vcard England57 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2011 - 8:56 AM

Superb image. A

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Growmore
Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2011 - 6:38 PM

Great reflection in the water Ray in this excellent capture. Gary

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2011 - 8:17 AM

nice to see these, it has been many yrs since I saw one in the wild. Like the reflection which really adds to the image

Linda

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Mar 2011 - 9:39 PM

A delightful image Ray, they are such enchanting little creatures and fascintating to watch

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Tom-Melton
15 Apr 2011 - 7:25 AM

a truly stunning capture Ray

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sedonamoonshine
21 Apr 2011 - 10:39 AM

its super - lucky to get a picture of one ?Grin

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PhillipMinnis

Another great capture, Ray! Smile


Cheers

Phil

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  8222 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
22 May 2011 - 12:18 AM

Great shot Ray,nice detailedcapture,

Aidan,,

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Angie66
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1 Jul 2011 - 8:53 AM

lovely photo really lovely image

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