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Arvicola Terrestris

By Sezz    
Another from the Christmas epz meet at the BWC.
Hand-held and not completely sharp but I was just thrilled to see one of these for more than a few seconds - the first time in three years that I've actually managed a shot of one Wink

Water voles occur mainly along well vegetated banks of slow flowing rivers, ditches, dykes and lakes. They are sometimes confused with brown rats which often also live near water courses. Indeed, it is sometimes called "the water rat", which is the origin of the water voles' fame as "Ratty" from Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows.

Water voles excavate extensive burrow systems into the banks of waterways. These have sleeping/nest chambers at various levels in the steepest parts of the bank and usually have underwater entrances to give the animals a secure route for escape if danger threatens. "Lawns" of closely cropped grass, occasionally with piles of chopped food, may surround burrow entrances. Water voles tend to be active more during the day than at night. Male voles live along about 130 metres of water bank, while females have ranges about 70 metres long.

Thanks for your time and as always, your thoughts/comments are very welcome!
Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Surrey British wildlife centre Lingfield Bwc Water vole Arvicola terrestris Wildlife and nature South east Newchapel

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
3 Jan 2012 4:59PM
I've got a few just like this, can't think why that might be Grin


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Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
3 Jan 2012 5:09PM
excellent work here Sarah

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 5:09PM
They are so cute - excellent Sarah!
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
3 Jan 2012 5:16PM
Fantastic and lovely capture indeed,well done,
3 Jan 2012 5:49PM
Cute shot Sarah, and I can understand your excitement.

John Smile
rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
3 Jan 2012 5:49PM
They are difficult to capture, but there are a few at Barnes Wetland /Wildfowl Trust site. Excellent close up Sarah.
tony64 14 204 9 England
3 Jan 2012 5:55PM
This is great Sarah, I don't mind the slight out of focus because he is chewing! Wink(I think!)
Lovely autumnal 'rusty' colours too!
3 Jan 2012 6:23PM
lovely cute image Smile

3 Jan 2012 6:40PM
Fantastic close-up!
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 8:31PM
Lucky you.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 8:43PM
Trust me not to attend and the voles are activeSmile

Do you remember Tales of the riverbank, narrated by Johnny Morris - the Hot chestnut man

Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Jan 2012 9:39PM
Thanks everyone, appreciated!

Adrian, I can just about remember watching it but I've just listened to the theme tune on YouTube and that really brought some very early childhood memories to the fore Smile Smile

Sarah x
Sezz 13 617 15 England
3 Jan 2012 9:50PM

but I wasn't born then Tongue

S x
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
3 Jan 2012 9:58PM
An excellent detailed close-up............Sandy
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
3 Jan 2012 11:02PM
Super image Sarah J... Top notch
James_C 8 36 56 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2012 8:57AM
Well spotted and captured Sarah. I don't think I have ever seen one in the wild.

Happy New Year,

saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
4 Jan 2012 3:24PM
I see I'm not the only one to think of Tale from the RiverbankSmile

A fine capture, Sarah. I don't feel the lack of a tripod has resulted in any major un-sharpness. A great capture.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Jan 2012 4:04PM
Looks good to me, Sarah, caught him having his lunch, too! Wink Excellent work Smile
Trev Smile
Sezz 13 617 15 England
4 Jan 2012 4:14PM
Thanks for your time and kind comments Smile

Sarah x
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2012 9:11PM
Very nicely captured Sarah.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
5 Jan 2012 2:23PM
well taken shot Sarah, and the information is interesting. No frost/mist still but very strong wind at the moment.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
5 Jan 2012 5:52PM
A super shot with lovely detail Sarah, didn't know it was possible to put music clips on you have to be a scientist Wink
Sezz 13 617 15 England
5 Jan 2012 6:46PM
Derek, Yung and Geoff - thank you Smile
Geoff, yep took me a little while Wink

Sarah x
7 Jan 2012 3:56PM
Cracking capture Sarah.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Jan 2012 10:52PM
An enchanting image of this cute little creature, beautifully captured

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