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Sitting patiently in a stream, (in great company), for the best part of 4 hours, eventually yielded some pleasing results. This is a wild Water Vole (Arvicola terrestris) - the image is full frame with no cropping.
Settings: F/5.6 1/200sec ISO500 manual@500mm tripod

I was blown away by your response to my Fox upload - thank you all so much, with a special thank you to Val(val123) for her GEA and Steve(steve31gold) for his UA. Very much appreciated Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 500mm F4L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Mirror Image
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:9 Jul 2010 - 9:15 AM
Tags:Arvicola, Close-up / macro, General, Image, Mammal, Mirror, Munching, Stream, Terrestris, Vole, Water, Wild, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:101

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PhilT2
PhilT2 e2 Member 496 forum postsPhilT2 vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 9:22 AM

Awesome, magnificent and any other superlative you wish to add. A real treat that you have posted this. Especially after your fox which well deserved the awards it gained.

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Graham_P
Graham_P  7 United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 9:33 AM

Beautifully captured image Sylvia,
The composition and the unobscured reflection in the water really make this image,
Graham.

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AnaKa
AnaKa  427 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 - 10:13 AM

Amazing image, so well captured. Absolutely perfect!

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AnaKa
AnaKa  427 forum posts United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 - 10:15 AM

I wish I could give you more then just one vote! Smile

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Alec1
Alec1  6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 - 10:18 AM

Super capture Sylvia, colours,lighting everything looks just perfect.
Alec.

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 10:27 AM

Firstly for sitting in a stream for 4 hours this deserves so much praise Sylvia. Outstanding wildlife capture of one of my favourite mammals. The angle and lighting is first class as is the timing with food and inclusion of natural framing with the reeds and a killer reflection.
I do hope being in the water didn't affect your Arthritis too much.
Shortlisted for sure
Brilliant capture
Richard

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finepetportraits


Quote: Awesome, magnificent and any other superlative you wish to add. A real treat that you have posted this. Especially after your fox which well deserved the awards it gained.

Completely agree! Smile

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6523 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 10:35 AM

Four hours now thats dedication and how you deserve a wonderful image like this. - gary

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SteveMoulding
SteveMoulding e2 Member 5SteveMoulding vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 10:46 AM

Maybe I should have saved my award for ths one, Sylvia. This is absolutely stunning, in my honest opinion. I totally agree with Richard's comment above and would certainly believe this to be a very professional image and worthy of many awards.
Steve.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 11:08 AM

Simply superb, Sylvia, shortlisted. Carol

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Paul_R
Paul_R  5 England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 12:28 PM

Again Superb. Paul

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MartinAgius
9 Jul 2010 - 12:37 PM

Nice shot

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 12:44 PM

Excellent capture Sylvia, super detail and great reflection
Steve

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 2:34 PM

lovely image
regards
Yung

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Goodley
Goodley  4 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2010 - 3:01 PM

brilliant,
kev.

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 3:09 PM

superb capture,
fish

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 3:25 PM

Super shot and a great reflection.
Joan.

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mikepearce
9 Jul 2010 - 4:00 PM

great shot

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MalcolmM
MalcolmM e2 Member 927 forum postsMalcolmM vcard Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 4:26 PM

Superb nature image, worthy of any awards it gets.

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 4:45 PM

Thank you so much everybody for all your great comments and votes - I am absolutely blown away by this response! A special THANK YOU to Brian (Brisco) for his UA - very much appreciated Smile
Sylvia

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photophantom
9 Jul 2010 - 5:51 PM

excellent close up
Dennis

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 6:24 PM

A super capture

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Vince_S
Vince_S  4 England
9 Jul 2010 - 8:43 PM

Absolutely stunning - thats all I can say.

Vince

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 9:11 PM

excellent and I am dead envious, I tried for another dragon fly today, I did get him but its not that brill

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Gray_ina
Gray_ina  6
9 Jul 2010 - 11:51 PM

Hi looking at all the comments,nothing left for me great\\\\ gray,

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 625 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England216 Constructive Critique Points
9 Jul 2010 - 11:55 PM

A knockout shot here Sylvia and one of the best I've seen on here, cracking pose/detail and reflection,
Geoff.

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lianna
lianna  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jul 2010 - 2:14 PM

what an excellent capture, superbly timed with that pose and the detail spot on, esp like the faint reflection!!! really well done and congrats on the UA's x x x

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Gezina
Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2010 - 12:21 PM

I've taken many shots of voles before and would have been over the moon to add a absolute cracker like this to my p/f. The natural behaviour, the pose, the detail and reflection is captured superbly - please accept my U/A as well for a truly stunning shot - Ina

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2010 - 9:39 PM

PERFECTION...so perfectly captured Sylvia, truely beautiful shot
Lillian
See you next week at BWC

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2010 - 11:40 PM

Superb shot, Sylvia, and very definitely deserving of all the awards....excellent stuff!
Ronnie.

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jwt
jwt Junior Member 8 England
12 Jul 2010 - 3:03 PM

Wow, this is great!

James

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harrattp
harrattp  7 England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 4:21 PM

I don't come on here so often Sylvia so I am glad I caught this shot. Truly awesome shot, ticks all the right boxes for a great image.

Paul

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85912 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 7:31 PM

an image to be extremely proud of

Adrian

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jul 2010 - 10:23 PM

Stunning shot Sylvia
Congratulations on its many awards
Helen

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BarbAnna
BarbAnna  4 England
12 Jul 2010 - 11:11 PM

An amazing wildlife shot! So sweet .... and a super reflection. I admire your patience!
Barb

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 6:51 AM

6 User Awards and a GEA well done Sylvia, I cannot understand for the life of me why this hasn't received higher. The work and patience that went into the capture is never recognised and in this case neither the quality. It fails me

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teocali
teocali e2 Member 6235 forum poststeocali vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 10:28 AM

My thanks to you all for the fab response to Mirror Image, with a special thank you to Val123 for the GEA and to Maiwand, Mossyoak, Tomcat, Gezina, Maratsuikka, Brisco and Vince_S for their User Awards - thank you so much folks - very encouraging and very much appreciated Smile
Sylvia

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13 Jul 2010 - 11:41 AM

outstanding

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TerryMcK
TerryMcK  571 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jul 2010 - 6:25 PM

It's all been said, Sylvia, & I echo every comment. Congratulations on a bagful of Awards.
Terry

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2010 - 4:11 AM

So cute and a wonderful reflection. Congrats on the huge pile of awards!

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2010 - 1:11 PM

A terrific wildlife image, one to be proud of. This one fully deserves all the accolades it has received

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jeb2012
jeb2012  4 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2010 - 11:22 AM

Great capture

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f8
f8  109169 forum posts England22 Constructive Critique Points
9 Sep 2010 - 4:26 PM

As ever Sylvia,just great.

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maryg
maryg e2 Member 566 forum postsmaryg vcard Scotland18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Sep 2010 - 12:20 PM

WOW ! That is amazing! A perfect capture. All awards well deserved for this. I still haven't got this far with mine but I'm quite sure none willbe as good AS THIS,
Regards Mary

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Suehh e2 Member 739 forum postsSuehh vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2010 - 10:27 PM

How on earth did I miss this wonder? One of the best images ever.

As Mary says, so well deserved of all the awards and if I had seen it, I would have awarded one too. Stupendous.

Susan

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sedonamoonshine
23 Sep 2010 - 12:15 PM

this is simply stunning - love all the aspects of the capture - the little water vole - the reflection and the surrounding super

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pennyspike  112068 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2010 - 10:41 PM

I missed this one it's a cracker. Love the clarity of the reflection.
Penny

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artcubis
artcubis  7 United States6 Constructive Critique Points
8 Nov 2010 - 3:29 PM

A little cutie with button eyes.
Worth the patience to get a great capture such as this.

Catherine

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Ingleman
Ingleman  74 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2010 - 8:53 PM

Just wonderful. True to the spirit of photography you made this happen. Superb

Andy

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