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Fox, Otter and Water Vole

By Ray42
Many thanks for the kind comments and clicks on the The decline of fishing at Dungeness. Many thanks to Marilyn (barmymarny) for the modification, a good improvement - always pleased for feedback. With regard to the cropping of the foreground - I did try it but I felt it lost the essence of Dungeness - a good suggestion none-the-less.

These offerings are from a great day out with so many other epz'ers I met at the BWC meet - a great day out and so good to see some faces put to names. Some coming all the way from the West Country and some as far north as Birmingham. A great day out. These are not in any particular order as the water voles are always my favourite little animal.

As always constructive critique and modifications are always welcome.

Tags: Animals Otter Water vole Vulpes vulpes Lutra lutra Red fox Pets and captive animals Arvicola terrestris

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gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
5 Jul 2011 10:09PM
A great set here Ray, They say there are otter on my local lake but the evade me unfortunately but I live in hope. - gary

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pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 10:15PM
great set I like them all but especially V2 and 1 being the favourite
A superb set, Ray. I specially like the eye contact from the Fox. All beautifully captured with excellent fur detail.
madbilly 8 1 4 England
5 Jul 2011 10:29PM

5 Jul 2011 10:31PM
Great pic ray. I enjoyed spending time chatting with you. Thanks for shareing a great day out.
Trev_B 10 151 68 England
5 Jul 2011 10:34PM
Well done Ray love the set v2 in particular.

Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
5 Jul 2011 10:34PM
Good images Ray, Nice meeting you BTW....

Ade & Sue
VivienO 7 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 10:42PM
Great series of shots Ray. The water vole has captured my heart.
Alandyv8 6 2 1
5 Jul 2011 10:49PM
Great set of shots, V1 has it for me as the vixens eyes show a true wild animal.

moiral 7 12 Scotland
5 Jul 2011 10:58PM
First class set of shots Ray. Have you been watching Springwatch - giving the water vole apples TongueGrin. Moira
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
5 Jul 2011 10:59PM
Excellent set, Ray - I particularly like V2 (didn't manage a single decent shot of the Otters on Sunday!). Great to meet you at long last - hope to make it to Dengeness before the cold weather sets in again!! Incidentally, the Latin name for Water Vole has now been changed to "Arvicola amphibius"
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
5 Jul 2011 11:07PM
A great set of shots, Ray, with for me V 1 the favourite b/o that intense gaze from the head lowered posture. But each shot is one I'd have happy with had they been my own. So I guess they'll have to share my single available vote.
franken Plus
14 4.3k 4 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2011 11:17PM
Excdellent set - version 2 being my favourite.

NeilWigan 7 16 16 England
5 Jul 2011 11:47PM
good set ,all close facial details are spot on .
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 12:31AM
brilliant set of captures ray fantastic detail wonderful colours and tones v1 for m today a stunner nice one Wink
lobski 6 2 1 Philippines
6 Jul 2011 1:51AM
great set of images Ray but V2 stands out!

Fred Grin
6 Jul 2011 7:39AM
Fantastic set Ray, love them all.

CarolG Plus
10 199 20 Greece
6 Jul 2011 8:02AM
Superb eye contact in all four of these images, Ray, very well captured. Carol
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 8:12AM
Super selection Ray - my favourite is the fox Smile
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
6 Jul 2011 8:25AM
v3 for me, would be tempted to crop just above where the sticks cross to emphasise that cute little face.lesley
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1713 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 8:54AM
In V1, and to a slightly lesser extent in the others, I sense that the animal is fascinated by the camera - maybe seeing light bouncing off the lens?
6 Jul 2011 9:04AM
A great set with good detail.
woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 9:08AM
Top-notch set, Ray, remarkable eye-contact in each one. I was brought up on The Wind in the Willows so V3 and V4 have to be my choices.
xwang 8 56 8
6 Jul 2011 9:29AM
Excellent capture, Ray. I love the fox's eyes... They are all very shy animals, I wouldn't be able to found them, let alone to take a photoWink.. very well done..BTW, is that your apple?GrinGrinGrin

Superb set of images Ray. Didn't realise there was a meet until it was happening and would've loved to have been part of it - maybe next time - its a place I would love to visit. Lou
Ray42 9 3 England
6 Jul 2011 9:51AM
Thanks Sylvia for the water vole latin name correction - and thanks Leslie - Will investigate maybe the remove it totally
Maiwand 10 3 72 England
6 Jul 2011 10:18AM
Stunning shots Ray. A whole series of top class closeups. V1 is ( for those eyes ) an absolute cracker.
imagio 11 12 1 England
6 Jul 2011 10:28AM
Superb set Ray

Ray42 9 3 England
6 Jul 2011 11:01AM
Changed V3 & 4 to correct title as per Sylvia's comments
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 11:26AM
I just love the otter - I am very jealous of this image; I like its simplicity - the next time I'm in Scotland will try for something similar - they're usually about 100 meters across the loch when I see them! I love the water voles too - in fact, they're all super.
6 Jul 2011 12:56PM
great set ... and that fox .. what a capture !
6 Jul 2011 12:59PM
Hi Ray, this is a superb set of captures regards gray.
Devon_Wild 6 8 1 England
6 Jul 2011 2:13PM
Some lovely images here Ray Smile ............Rob
6 Jul 2011 2:45PM
Great set with some fine detail Ray, V2 for me,
Gezina 10 3 6 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 3:30PM
You've captured some great detail in all these shots - that vole is really struggling under the weight of that reed LOL Wink. Good to see you again mate - Ina
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 6:14PM
A great set Ray, and so good to see them all so well taken I always tried to get the water Vole..never did successfullySad
no them all
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2011 6:34PM
Great shots Ray, love V1 V2 spot on mate.
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
6 Jul 2011 7:42PM
I feel these wonderful shots are all winners !

The haunted look in the Vixen's eyes is simply wonderful.

Ridgeway 10 222 2 Ireland
6 Jul 2011 8:05PM
Brilliant set Ray,
Love that otter,

7 Jul 2011 2:15AM
Nice sets of images Ray well captured.
Allen, Smile
jasonrwl Plus
7 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 8:17AM
Great set Ray - can't choose between v2 and 3.
7 Jul 2011 8:56AM
awesome set ! was this at the BWC ?
User_Removed 7 48 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 9:16AM
Super capture's.
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 12:56PM
V1 is smilling at your camera, V4 is delightful. Beautiful shots! IB
JustDucky 6 8 Canada
7 Jul 2011 2:25PM
very good eye contact in all images, superb detail Ray - V1 for me , the expression is stunning
acousticmist 7 10 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2011 3:13PM
Four excellent captures Ray, very nice...................Martin
LexEquine 11 19 United States
7 Jul 2011 5:41PM
'Four superb & beautiful captures,' Ray. "v1 of the Fox," is 'a real Cracker!'

Ciao...Peter Wink
wow that are all brilliant - super captures
Dave_Holdham 8 4 1 Wales
7 Jul 2011 8:28PM
Superb set of close up images, well captured
PhillipMinnis 7 94 4 Australia
8 Jul 2011 4:20AM
Four good images, Ray! I prefer images 1 & 2. Smile The fox image is excellent! Great details and composition!


goso 11 2 1 Australia
8 Jul 2011 8:24AM
Great portraits Ray ...Bill
LukeParkinson 7 30 3 United Kingdom
8 Jul 2011 10:54AM
A wonderful set of shots Ray... Superb mate ! Smile
8 Jul 2011 2:26PM
Wow all great images.Well done Ray..Lin
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2011 7:01AM
A cracking set of images, Ray, all very well captured with V2 being my favourite.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2011 9:32AM
It is surely the place to be, great to be able to get so close to your subject and for me the fox and the vole are outstanding captures to be proud of Ray

9 Jul 2011 11:46AM
Wonderful set of images captured here Ray - well done !

evelen 12 5 England
9 Jul 2011 5:59PM
excellent set of shots.
brownsilent 10 7 2 United Kingdom
9 Jul 2011 11:47PM
Stunning wild-life images, can't tell which I like more,
superb work ray,love them all,well done.ray
wonkers 8 2 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2011 1:41PM
Excellent Ray. Love the fox's expression and I always love water voles although i have yet to encounter one.

10 Jul 2011 5:10PM
lovely little set Ray, looks like you've been busy on the wild Life front mate.

John Smile
Glyn1 8 4 1 England
11 Jul 2011 7:04AM
great series Ray, difficult to pick one out but i think V3 nicks it Wink

AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
11 Jul 2011 5:51PM
A nice set here - especially love the fox and that direct eye contact, but the vole is a heart-breaker Smile
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2011 7:09AM
A wonderful set ray. Excellent stuff. Love the fox and the vole. Paul
12 Jul 2011 10:29AM
Lovely images Ray and it sounds as though you had a great epz day out ! Gill
14 Jul 2011 9:00AM
Hi Ray, A great set of images from you,great detail in eachSmile
15 Jul 2011 5:54PM
Great set here Ray - Love the expressions you have captured. A
Suehh 10 39 6 England
23 Jul 2011 10:40AM
The fox - Wow! The vole - Wow! - I would have been proud to have captured any in this wonderful set
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
24 Jul 2011 9:23PM
Four wonderful wildlife images Ray, the first two versions are particularly impressive
jonathanbp 9 99 Thailand
25 Jul 2011 6:22AM
Those eyes are amazing - Jonathan
jonathanbp 9 99 Thailand
25 Jul 2011 6:23AM
Had V3 gone up separately, I would have clicked on that's too cute! - Jonathan

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