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The Water Vole population has declined rapidly, mainly due to the presence of Mink which escaped from fur farms in the 1950's. The Water Vole is a harmless animal that lives alongside water, riverbanks and ponds. The male will usually stay there all it's life although the female may move elsewhere. It burrows into the riverbank, making a nest entrance above the waterline or in this case using a convieniently placed pipe. These are cute and adorable animals and are quite often mistaken for Rats. Hence, in The Wind and the Willows, Ratty is actually a Vole.
Many thanks for all your votes and comments. They are very much appreciated. I hope you like these too.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
Steve.

Camera:Canon EOS 300D
Lens:Sigma 170-500mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Tales from the River Bank
Username:SteveMoulding SteveMoulding
Uploaded:28 Jun 2009 - 3:18 PM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Pets / captive animals, Wildlife / nature
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Jasonmoore
28 Jun 2009 - 3:22 PM

Nice Steve, focus is spot on too unlike my effort from that day. I think I prefer the 2 shot, it looks better lit to be and the eye is more defined.

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jayjay52  6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 - 3:26 PM

Three wonderful shots. V1 for me - really well captured
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Bob_V
Bob_V  7 United States2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 3:44 PM

A brilliant set of images Steve, all so well taken.
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martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 4:04 PM

lovely set of images Steve,,, top drawer!!!

Martin.

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roverrat
roverrat e2 Member 7roverrat vcard Germany5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 4:29 PM

These are so well captured, a lovely set of a wonderful little animal.
Alex

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 4:32 PM

Beautiful set of images. Love V1, is so very cute. Well taken shots Steve.........Sandy

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KevSB
KevSB  101468 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 5:21 PM

A Photo like(1) this did well in the shell wildlife comp last year, they are quite rare i belive.well taken

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RTR
RTR  5 United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 5:23 PM

Quite like number one best. If I were you I'd think about cloning the two straws out above his (or her) head. Lovely shots, Rich.

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shandoor
shandoor  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 5:25 PM

Super set of image and super write up thanks for that wonderful detail
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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 5:42 PM

3 totally charming images. The lighting and detail is so good. Really enjoyed your write-up too. I knew they were beciming very scarce so a special pleasure to see your lovely images.

Ann

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lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 6:22 PM

Very well caught

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harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 6:33 PM

Wonderful set of images well captured.

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Warriorpoet
28 Jun 2009 - 7:14 PM

Cracking set V1 is beautifully timed

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6142 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 7:17 PM

charming little trio of images - so rare to see nowadays - enjoyed the write up and the link to Wind in the Willows....

Linda

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bayleaf
bayleaf  7 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 - 7:26 PM

Delightful
John

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GalleryGirl
28 Jun 2009 - 7:40 PM

Oi John, you pinched what I was going to say... ok ditto.
Marilyn x

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photophantom
28 Jun 2009 - 7:49 PM

superb timing shots Steve
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goso e2 Member 8goso vcard Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 7:56 PM

A bonzer set with top detail Steve....Bill

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Steve7962
Steve7962  6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 - 8:15 PM

Great image.

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m3lem
m3lem  8 England
28 Jun 2009 - 8:53 PM

A wondeful image, lovely nature shots, excellent Steve

Andrea

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Natzdad
Natzdad  629 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 9:32 PM

V2 for me...Mick

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BERTRAM
BERTRAM  6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 - 9:46 PM

Three stunning images, brilliantly captured.
Dave

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 7135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
28 Jun 2009 - 9:54 PM

No 1 is a real beauty, he is smiling for you, 3 great shots

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wideangler
28 Jun 2009 - 10:03 PM

Wonderful Series

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lesgoodey e2 Member 9lesgoodey vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 10:04 PM

Lovely series of shots.

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blacky
blacky  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 10:07 PM

great set of shots steve/dave

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Campbell  6 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 - 10:08 PM

Three fabulous images...Well captured.
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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
28 Jun 2009 - 10:19 PM

Three excellent shots...great title too.

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jgmford
jgmford  7 England
28 Jun 2009 - 10:26 PM

Great series of well Timed detail captures, great liitle creatures. V! stands out for me. Was this taken at BWC? I spent quite a bit of time just getting one shot. Well done.
Jeff

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franken
franken e2 Member 123270 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 10:37 PM

Superbly taken and wonderful; I like them all.

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dweezil  6 England
28 Jun 2009 - 10:42 PM

Three cracking shots V1 for me though
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susanbarton
28 Jun 2009 - 10:43 PM

A super set of pictures! Beautifully clear with remarkable detail

Susan

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KBan
KBan  9468 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 11:38 PM

love it !

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jun 2009 - 11:51 PM

three brilliant captures steve love v3 a cracker
andy

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29 Jun 2009 - 12:19 AM

Top shots here steve, fantastic captures.

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Brilane
Brilane  8 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 12:58 AM

These are superb pictures.
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cjl47 e2 Member 6cjl47 vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 7:05 AM

A cracking set. Great shots.
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Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 7:13 AM

A delightful trio to look at - great shots

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sparrowhawk
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29 Jun 2009 - 8:00 AM

love em

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EamonnM
EamonnM  6 Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 9:10 AM

Brilliant set, V1 is my fav the wet fur just completes a super image.
well captured.
EamonnM

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greatdog  7 England
29 Jun 2009 - 1:03 PM

V1 for me,but all great shots,Dane.

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Mikelane
Mikelane  7 Wales
29 Jun 2009 - 1:48 PM

Three super images ,just excellent ,love the title too,well captured regards
Mike

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Admiral_Frost
29 Jun 2009 - 4:26 PM

A great capture.
Dave

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ZX1400
ZX1400  7 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 - 6:29 PM

Three excellent shots.
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redshank
redshank  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 6:33 PM

What a great shot Steve.
Martin

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 6:58 PM

Just love all three

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 7:03 PM

These are amazingly captured, Steve, especially 1 and 2! V1 looks like a still from a fantasy movie - love that Smile

Andrew

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maratsuikka
29 Jun 2009 - 7:12 PM

absolutely great set,my friend

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Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 9:00 PM

Beautifully captured! They are really sweet aren't they. My partner lives on a canal boat in the Midlands and the amount of damage the mink do is quite shocking, they just kill everything they manage to catch/
Jann
xxx

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dawnmichelle e2 Member 7dawnmichelle vcard United States
29 Jun 2009 - 9:04 PM

outstanding shots.

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KevinWalsham
29 Jun 2009 - 9:37 PM

just stunning well presented and a great set of three images well done.

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phil99 e2 Member 844 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jun 2009 - 9:58 PM

All 3 first class captured shots. You should be well proud ofyour images at this standard...Phil

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hary60  6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 - 11:21 PM

Cracking set Steve love V1
Harry

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JdeNLucas  63 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 4:26 AM

Steve another cracking set of images, B wishes John

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Rachel99  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 8:50 AM

Three beauties. Well captured

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whiteswan01
30 Jun 2009 - 1:52 PM

three superb clear shot
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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  671 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jun 2009 - 10:48 PM

Superbly taken, Steve.
Terry

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maggie9
maggie9  645 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Jul 2009 - 7:32 AM

gorgeous image set Smile

maggie

(we have many mink in my area, even along the beach and around the harbour)

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HobbitDave
1 Jul 2009 - 8:30 PM

Wow, just superb, Steve. You should do your own illustrated version of Wind in The Willows!! Cracking shots.
Dave

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CraigJones
2 Jul 2009 - 7:46 AM

Stunning,beautiful!!!! well done


Craig

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Gezina
Gezina  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 10:15 PM

Great captures of Brittian's rarest mamal - Ina

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MikeRC e2 Member 93512 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
23 Jul 2009 - 11:00 PM

...terrific shots Steve...excellent work :

.....Mike

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Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 82322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jul 2009 - 5:34 PM

Cracking images Steve.
Tom.

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