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Bank Vole

Bank Vole
Photo Information
Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 13:47
Viewed: 3392
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My last photo was of a Water Vole, this one is it's smaller cousin, a Bank Vole. This one was very timid and fled down his hole (he is standing next to his hole) as soon as he detected any noise or movement. It was a difficult shot as this was under the shade of the trees and he never stopped moving!
Bank Vole information from the BBC website

Clethrionomys glareolus
Bank voles are widespread across mainland Britain, but are absent from some offshore islands.

Life span
They live for up to 18 months.

Head and body length: 8-12cm, Weight: 15-40g

Physical Description
Bank voles have small eyes and ears, and a blunt nose. Adults have red-brown fur on their backs, although younger individuals have grey-brown fur. They have creamy beige under-parts.

Bank voles range across Europe (except for the extreme north or south) east into central Asia. They are widely distibuted throughout Britain, and were accidentally introduced to the south west of Ireland in the 1950s.

Their typical habitat is woodland, but they are also found in grassland and hedgerows.

Bank voles feed on buds, leaves, fruit and some insects. They often climb among bushes while foraging for food.

They are active during the night and day, but break up their activity with frequent periods of rest. Bank voles make nests under logs, amongst tree roots, in tree holes or underground. In the autumn, they sometimes store food for when food is scarce in the winter.

Bank voles breed from March to October. An average of four young are born after a gestation period of 18-20 days. The young become independent after four weeks.

Conservation status
Bank voles are common and are not considered to be endangered.

There is a close relative of the bank vole living on Skomer Island. It arrived there hundreds of years ago and is twice the size of the mainland bank vole.

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Hola Hester
Una bonito roedor el que nos muestras. Aunque a la mayoría de las personas no les suelen gustar.
Una foto interesante por la especie y por tu captura.
Un saludo

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-26 13:55]

Hi Karan,
an excellant capture.
Very sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Lovely capture Karen, good sharp detail and colour.

Regards Mark :)

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-26 15:08]

selam karan; excellent shot of this lovely animal, very good details presented nice POV well captured with splendid colours TFS

Hello Karan a fine catch here they are so quick and hard to spot did well with good light and nice detail tfs rgds Necip.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:37]

Hi Karan,
so this is what those critters look like, they are actually cute. Not so cutre when they digg tunnels under the snow in the winter and leave the yard a mess.
Very nice shot, very detailed and sharp. Amazing getting such a great shot of this shy animal.

Hi Karan...Good relief of the Vole from the similar coloured background. Well done including the hole...gives some context to this. Best, Brat.

Hi Karan,
What a nice to see this beautiful and lovely microtin species. Most of people dont like rodents, but I like. Great clarity, details and nicely composed. good notes. TFS
best wishes

What a wonderful image of this cute little animal you've posted here Karan.
Sharpness, exposure and DOF are perfect and details in the fur and catch light in the eye are wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

Bonjour Karan

Félicitations pour les détails et les couleurs justes. Bravo le sujet est très mignon.

Merci pour l'envoie....JP

Buen enfoque y luz. Enhorabuena por la regularidad de la calidad de tus fotografías.
Abrazo Karan.

Excellent timing and capture on your part Karen. Your detail is very good, complete with the feet and whiskers. Your exposure is excellent with great colour, and you had to be close. The depth of field is excellent. I'm guessing you took a few shots to get this one right. Very nice job.

Thanks, John

Hello Karan,
Good sharpness with pov to show us the colour and details of the voles!
thank for the useful note and information too

Hi karan,
Very beautifulpicture vith lvely compo.TFS.


Hi Karan,
A wonderful photo with great details and you managed to get another impressive moment. With that light and with an animal with such speed and being that timid you did really good.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-27 9:26]

Hi Karan.
I agree with you. To take such shot is so difficult. You have pictured this cute animal perfectly. Excellent lighting, composition, sharpness and details of the vole and attractive natural surroundings. My compliments and best regards.

Very fine details in this lovely image Karan,

beautifully composed and the colouring is excellent.
Super work with the focus ring.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-27 12:57]

Hello Karan,
Only a skilful photographer can manage to capture a thing like this! If I was lucky enough to see one the result would be the tail only! Excellent capture showing sharp details and the light and colours are very pleasant too. I like the way he's turned and lifted his paw looking very cautious. Welll done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

bonjour karan
tres mignone cette petite"souri",la netteté est bonne malgre que ce petit animal soit tres souvent un train de bouger.

Hi Karen,
Great job on this exposure. He really looks good in the soft shady light. Good sharp detail, and colors look great.
Nice camera work here!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-27 23:33]

Hello Karan

Very good capture of this bank vole.I can imagine this was not easy to do.Excellent focus and sharp details.You have composed the shot very well in it's own habitat.Excellent nature photography.TFS


Hello Karan,
What a lovely little fellow!
I like that pose and expresion, curious little one isn't he...
Great details in the well groomed fur coat, well composed preentation!
Pablo -

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