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Tales from the River Bank

By SteveMoulding    
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.

Tags: Close-up and macro Pets and captive animals Wildlife and nature

Voters: Jasonmoore, jayjay52, KarenFB and 86 more

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28 Jun 2009 3:22PM
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 9 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 3:26PM
Three wonderful shots. V1 for me - really well captured
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
28 Jun 2009 3:44PM
A brilliant set of images Steve, all so well taken.
28 Jun 2009 4:04PM
lovely set of images Steve,,, top drawer!!!

lostintime 10 13 5 Germany
28 Jun 2009 4:29PM
These are so well captured, a lovely set of a wonderful little animal.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
28 Jun 2009 4:32PM
Beautiful set of images. Love V1, is so very cute. Well taken shots Steve.........Sandy
KevSB 14 1.5k 5 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:21PM
A Photo like(1) this did well in the shell wildlife comp last year, they are quite rare i belive.well taken
RTR 9 8 8 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:23PM
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.
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 5:25PM
Super set of image and super write up thanks for that wonderful detail
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 5:42PM
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.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
28 Jun 2009 6:22PM
Very well caught
harrattp 11 11 4 England
28 Jun 2009 6:33PM
Wonderful set of images well captured.

Warriorpoet 9 213 3 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:14PM
Cracking set V1 is beautifully timed

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:17PM
charming little trio of images - so rare to see nowadays - enjoyed the write up and the link to Wind in the Willows....

bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:26PM
GalleryGirl 10 4 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 7:40PM
Oi John, you pinched what I was going to say... ok ditto.
Marilyn x
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
28 Jun 2009 7:49PM
superb timing shots Steve
goso 11 2 1 Australia
28 Jun 2009 7:56PM
A bonzer set with top detail Steve....Bill
28 Jun 2009 8:15PM
Great image.
m3lem 12 England
28 Jun 2009 8:53PM
A wondeful image, lovely nature shots, excellent Steve

Natzdad 9 29 2 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 9:32PM
V2 for me...Mick
BERTRAM 10 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 9:46PM
Three stunning images, brilliantly captured.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
28 Jun 2009 9:54PM
No 1 is a real beauty, he is smiling for you, 3 great shots

28 Jun 2009 10:03PM
Wonderful Series
lesgoodey 12 5 1 England
28 Jun 2009 10:04PM
Lovely series of shots.
blacky 10 4 1 England
28 Jun 2009 10:07PM
great set of shots steve/dave
Campbell 9 1 Scotland
28 Jun 2009 10:08PM
Three fabulous images...Well captured.
Roly 11 Wales
28 Jun 2009 10:19PM
Three excellent shots...great title too.
jgmford 11 England
28 Jun 2009 10:26PM
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.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 10:37PM
Superbly taken and wonderful; I like them all.

dweezil 10 1 England
28 Jun 2009 10:42PM
Three cracking shots V1 for me though
susanbarton 10 11 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 10:43PM
A super set of pictures! Beautifully clear with remarkable detail

KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 11:38PM
love it !

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2009 11:51PM
three brilliant captures steve love v3 a cracker
29 Jun 2009 12:19AM
Top shots here steve, fantastic captures.
Brilane 11 5 12 Wales
29 Jun 2009 12:58AM
These are superb pictures.
cjl47 10 4 3 England
29 Jun 2009 7:05AM
A cracking set. Great shots.
Ray42 10 3 England
29 Jun 2009 7:13AM
A delightful trio to look at - great shots
29 Jun 2009 8:00AM
love em
EamonnM 9 1 1 Ireland
29 Jun 2009 9:10AM
Brilliant set, V1 is my fav the wet fur just completes a super image.
well captured.
greatdog 10 21 England
29 Jun 2009 1:03PM
V1 for me,but all great shots,Dane.
Mikelane 11 1 Wales
29 Jun 2009 1:48PM
Three super images ,just excellent ,love the title too,well captured regards
A great capture.
ZX1400 11 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 6:29PM
Three excellent shots.
redshank 9 1 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 6:33PM
What a great shot Steve.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 6:58PM
Just love all three
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Jun 2009 7:03PM
These are amazingly captured, Steve, especially 1 and 2! V1 looks like a still from a fantasy movie - love that Smile

29 Jun 2009 7:12PM
absolutely great set,my friend
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
29 Jun 2009 9:00PM
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/
dawnmichelle 11 12 United States
29 Jun 2009 9:04PM
outstanding shots.
29 Jun 2009 9:37PM
just stunning well presented and a great set of three images well done.
phil99 11 45 6 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 9:58PM
All 3 first class captured shots. You should be well proud ofyour images at this standard...Phil
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 11:21PM
Cracking set Steve love V1
JdeNLucas 9 4 3
30 Jun 2009 4:26AM
Steve another cracking set of images, B wishes John
Rachel99 9 1 2 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2009 8:50AM
Three beauties. Well captured
whiteswan01 10 13 England
30 Jun 2009 1:52PM
three superb clear shot
TerryMcK 9 72 2 United Kingdom
30 Jun 2009 10:48PM
Superbly taken, Steve.
maggie9 9 45 2 Scotland
1 Jul 2009 7:32AM
gorgeous image set Smile


(we have many mink in my area, even along the beach and around the harbour)
1 Jul 2009 8:30PM
Wow, just superb, Steve. You should do your own illustrated version of Wind in The Willows!! Cracking shots.
2 Jul 2009 7:46AM
Stunning,beautiful!!!! well done

Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 10:15PM
Great captures of Brittian's rarest mamal - Ina
MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
23 Jul 2009 11:00PM
...terrific shots Steve...excellent work :

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
24 Jul 2009 5:34PM
Cracking images Steve.

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