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I know water-voles don't quite have the same cuteness factor as red squirrels & robins, the wow of the big cats, or the colour of red kites but my day photographing these delightful creatures in a private stream in Kent has to be shared with you.

This youngster was quite happy to be photographed and at one time I had two swimming round my feet.

It might have been dull and a bit wet at first but it was just as much fun as going on Safari.....honest.

If anyone wants to give it a go Terry Whittaker's workshops will be going on for a bit longer yet.

It wasn't a meet but all five of us who met there were EPZ members, all be it somewhat lapsed!!!

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:100-400 canon
Title:Water Vole
Username:pennyspike pennyspike
Uploaded:16 Jun 2010 - 8:35 PM
Tags: terry whittaker, Kent, Water vole, Wildlife / nature
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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 8:42 PM

Absolutely delightful capture of this beautiful little creature! Pin sharp detail, lovely pose and light and superb coat textures and tones. Love the reflection of the clover flower too. How weird that, as you mention red kites in your description, that I am your gallery neighbour with my Red-tailed Hawk Smile A chance in a million!
Sylvia

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 8:46 PM

a stuning shot and so cute

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Jolind
Jolind  5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2010 - 8:46 PM

Superb image. I love the relection. This is going into my shortlist as one of my favourites.
Joyce

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blackkev
blackkev  5 United Kingdom
16 Jun 2010 - 9:15 PM

Lovely shot, great colours and reflection. It's easy to forget the little characters on the ground as well as in the sky.

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Dave_Holdham
16 Jun 2010 - 10:15 PM

Superb capture

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 10:16 PM

Very well spotted and taken, a lovely reflection too.
Joan.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7435 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1020 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 10:17 PM

Chomping on a clover salad? How delightful.
Moira

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baclark
baclark  53740 forum posts United Kingdom24 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 10:18 PM

I think it's got huge cute factor! Lovely fluffy critter enjoying his lunch! Beautiful capture, love the reflection.
Barbara

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jun 2010 - 10:25 PM

Thanks everyone, it's been more popular than the fish. Of course I should have laid down in the water to get a half & half but it was chilly enough with just my wellies full of water.Wink
Penny

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Great shot - well done

Chris

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ventile
ventile  7152 forum posts Wales
17 Jun 2010 - 6:20 AM

Love it,what a great shot.
Thanks for sharing.
Dave.

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Scottishlandscapes
Scottishlandscapes e2 Member 1068 forum postsScottishlandscapes vcard Scotland35 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 7:57 AM

He's watching you closely Penny, you need to get some taller wellies.

Dougie

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fossilized
fossilized  1079 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Jun 2010 - 10:23 AM

Excellent!

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blackbird
blackbird  7159 forum posts United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 3:09 PM


Quote: I know water-voles don't quite have the same cuteness factor as red squirrels & robins

oh I disagree, they are definately cuter, and more whiskery than robins
sounds like a good day Smile

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jun 2010 - 9:56 PM

Thanks everyone, yes it was a wonderful day and Dougie, I did try wearing waders and that was quite hysterical, I'm just not built for them.Wink

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wyatturp
wyatturp  8 England
23 Jun 2010 - 10:51 PM

Looks super Penny

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2010 - 12:48 AM

I agree with blackbird - cute as cute could be!! Smile
Cheers, GOggz

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2010 - 11:06 AM

Yes so cute indeed what a super capture. Reminds me of the old t.v. series Tales Of The River Bank. Well done.
Regards
Ann

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pennyspike
pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2010 - 11:27 AM

Thanks for the comments, it was quite a storybook experience.
Penny

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Philip_P
Philip_P e2 Member 971 forum postsPhilip_P vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2010 - 9:59 PM

Lovely shot Penny, was really nice to meet you & happy you enjoyed the workshop
Phil

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John_Humphreys
7 Aug 2010 - 10:32 PM

Cute little fella and nicely photographed. John

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sparrowhawk
sparrowhawk e2 Member 5267 forum postssparrowhawk vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
26 Sep 2010 - 8:38 PM

lovely

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