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"Caught on Camera"

By RonnieAG
Managed to capture this mouse (?) making free with our bird food........I am hoping someone can identify the species for me.
V 1: Cropped from original.
V 2: Separate shot, minimal cropping.

My thanks to all who commented on Autumn in the Beechwood, and with special thanks to Pamela {pamelajean} for her User Award for image Fern.


Tags: Mouse Bird feeder Wildlife and nature

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
21 Nov 2012 12:08AM
A nice shot of the little free loader Ronnie. - gary

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achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
21 Nov 2012 12:12AM
Must say Ronnie they are both excellent, some people regard these as pests but I find them delightful little creatures.


rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
21 Nov 2012 12:15AM
Definately a rodent Ronnie ( young Rat ) Bird food robber !!
Irishkate Plus
7 41 113 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 12:23AM
"Cheeky little blighter" -that's my ID!
They have a rustic charm provided they stay outside!
We get some in out loft which hubby deals with. He has caught humanely, set free then they've reappeared!
21 Nov 2012 12:31AM
2 excellent captures Ronnie,
Jocelia 6 2 1 Australia
21 Nov 2012 2:26AM
Kate took the words right out of my mouth.
Even though vermin, I had to do the trapping once. We lived in 'wheat belt'
country town and had a plague of big proportions. Hubby wouldn't touch them so I had to
catch them. They have the perfect teeth and eyes, the fur in their ears are so fine
and soft. Yet I had to do the dirty on them which haunts me.
This little one though is a beaut of a capture….Smile

Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
21 Nov 2012 4:37AM
Two great photos of this beautiful little pest Smile Our biggest fear is for one to come into our house and eat our electric cables Smile I love both versions Ronnie. Well taken Smile
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 4:45AM
Both excellent images though not a visitor I'd welcome!

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
21 Nov 2012 5:33AM
A lovely pose with it eating

Get the traps out Ronnie, there'll be more of them.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 7:10AM
Two cracking variants Ronnie, he certainly has got some nuts pinching the bird food.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 7:37AM
A cheeky chappie taking a free lunch, delightful.
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
21 Nov 2012 7:44AM
I would say that this is a rat rather than a mouse. A fine capture and I prefer the cropped version.

Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
21 Nov 2012 7:47AM
A very good crop to use the slats as framing, Ronnie. Have to say it looks more ratty than mousey to me.

johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 7:55AM
Great photo Ronnie, better in the garden than indoors
21 Nov 2012 7:57AM
Well I think it's probably a young rat. A super capture anyway, with great detail.

AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:03AM
We stopped feeding the birds when we saw a rat climbing up the feeder pole. Good capture Ronnie.
8 10 10 England
21 Nov 2012 8:34AM
Suppose you can't blame him for getting a freebie. as long as he stays outside! Two excellent captures Ronnie.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:37AM
Two excellent images Ronnie superb detail, exceptionally well captured.

geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:55AM
Excellent images Ronnie - looks like a brown rat to me but I'm not an expert.
21 Nov 2012 9:13AM
Great image. (Brown Rat – look at the tail). They make quite bold posers. Well captured.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 9:54AM
Looks very much like a young rat to me too - has that slightly thicker tail and small ears in relation to its head.
Very well captured, with amazing detail.
21 Nov 2012 10:17AM
hmm i told we have them on the light side as well Ronnie and in Kelvinside i think they are called ''Rates'' big ones at that TongueTongueWinkWink trouble is where there is one there are plenty more

NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
21 Nov 2012 11:39AM
You dirty rat..........he seems to be enjoying the food......I do hope he paid the bill after the feast.........GrinGrinGrin
21 Nov 2012 11:50AM
PS i omitted to say well done on the captures Ronnie not eay and good result with the flash

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 1:21PM
I thought young rat - ok a pest but still wildlife and superb shot
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
21 Nov 2012 1:42PM
Don't know about the species, Ronnie, but he's cute little chap! Wink A super capture, and go for the crop in V1 as my fave Smile
Trev Smile
21 Nov 2012 2:21PM
Ratty, keep him out of the house Ronnie.

21 Nov 2012 2:35PM
Its an excellent capture Ronnie but I do feel it should have been literally captured - a rat is a rat is a rat........ Uuurgghhhhhh!! Grin Hope he doesn't come to close to the house - my kids were mortified when I refused to look after the school rats one half term - they really worry me!! Lou
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 3:36PM
Just hope they stay in the garden, great shot

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 4:07PM
Definitely a young rat

You need our McKenzie for a week - chief ratter amongst our Ginger tomsWink

Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 5:01PM
Want a trap Ronnie? a great shot of this Roland
not a fan of them though
two good images
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Nov 2012 5:06PM
excellent shot, well caught. have to show your cheeky youngster to our experts. Elrong catches them and then lets them run under the settee!!
Elrond and Fafnir would be so pleased to help Smile
moiral 7 12 Scotland
21 Nov 2012 5:44PM
For some reason can only see V1. However I have to agree with the others - a rat, they have hairless tails. A beautifully healthy looking one too. Such a glossy coat. I actually like rats. Moira
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
21 Nov 2012 5:46PM
Definately a young Rat ,I bet she 's not the only one around either,so I would try and get rid of them or once they find that they are being fed they will come there and they bring some more with them.
A great set anywaySmile
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
21 Nov 2012 6:52PM
Without a doubt a rat Ronnie, but it has as much right to live as the rest of us. I'm just about to soft release a Hedgehog in the garden at 7pm GrinGrinGrin

21 Nov 2012 7:12PM
A very fine Rodent on the rampage Ronnie Smile

John Smile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Nov 2012 8:13PM
So this is the cheeky chappy who was nibbling your nuts!Wink A fine shot of this rodent rascal caught in the act
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 8:21PM
A cracking shot Ronnie but not one of my favourite subjects. We had a family of mice under the garden shed some years ago which I didn't mind but NO to rats.
21 Nov 2012 8:53PM
You've made him look really attractive! Great lighting, almost as though he's been caught in the act of stealing. Great image.
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
21 Nov 2012 8:58PM
Cracking capture Ronnie, looks like a Rat to me.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2012 5:56AM
Looks like a brown rat to me too, and a very fine portrait of it too. V2 for me. Having this visitor is fine as long as it stays outside. We have a Victorian house and within weeks of losing our last cat, mice moved in. An ultrasonic device that plugs into an electrical socket does the trick.
Tibetan 5 3 England
22 Nov 2012 11:14AM
Lynne, is quite right it a young brown rat some thing you don't want, Why! because it will bring the rest of it's family next time!, had the same thing last year had to shoot fifty they were every where even in the day time! Get rid Ronnie if near your home, regards Leon,GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
xwang 8 56 8
22 Nov 2012 5:31PM
Excellent shot, Ronnie.
I have mixed feeling about them... they looks lovely as animal, but sometimes you really don't want them being about ... i remembered that this Sunday's The Observer had an article about them...titled as "Beware-these pests can damage your home and chew a hole in your wallet"... by Mark King. I was trying to find the article for you on line, but without succeed. so from this point of view, maybe better to keep away from them..Smile
22 Nov 2012 5:39PM
A fine close up...but it looks more like a rat to me.
Ayoob 6 Australia
23 Nov 2012 5:54AM
Well spotted and captured,RONNIE.........
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2012 11:33PM
Two excellent captures of this sleekit timrous beasty. Smile

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