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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
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 13:17
Viewed: 3212
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is another shot of my little Bank Vole. I prefered the last shot as here the feet are not sharp. It had started to rain by the time this shot was taken so the light was even worse (although we were under the trees so we were perfectly dry). This shot was taken with a flash.

Taking these shots was a exercise in patience and I sat watching his hole for about an hour and a half. Even when I was perfectly quiet he would run out of his hole grab some food and then run back down the hole to eat or store it. He was extremely quick - but very sweet.

This shot was taken at the Arundel Wetlands Centre. For those who know Arundel this shot was taken in the area of trees just before the reed walk. I just happened to spot the movement in the undergrowth.


Facts from the British Wildlife Centre website
Bank vole - Clethrionomys glareolus

A common small rodent of woodland, scrub and hedgerows. Occurs throughout the British mainland, but not quite so common in the more open country preferred by the very similar field vole.

Bank voles are good climbers and will often use the disused nest of a hedgerow bird as its larder.

They are highly vocal, often squeaking and chattering, sometimes using sounds too high in pitch to be detected by humans. Predators include owls, kestrels, weasels and foxes.

Origin: Native

Size: Length 8 - 12 cm, plus tail 4 - 6 cm. About the size of a small hamster.

Description: Reddish-brown with white under-parts. They have slightly longer faces than the field voles and larger eyes and ears, and longer tails.

Habitat: Generally nocturnal but emerge sometimes in sunlight. Make shallow burrows, partly underground, which form runs in banks under ivy or exposed bush roots.

Young: Breed April September. Females produce 4 - 5 litters of 3 - 5 young per year. Sexually mature at 5 weeks with a maximum lifespan in the wild of about 18 months.

Nest Drill 45 cm burrows from the runs leading to sleeping chambers lined with chewed grass and stores.

Diet: Mainly grain, nuts, roots, bulbs, seeds, green vegetables. Will also eat insects, worms, snails and sometimes the smaller voles. .

Population: Pre-breeding season estimated to be in excess of 23 million.

ridvan, fartash, dew77, gracious, valy67, GLEM, garyfudge, vanderschelden, nglen, Debz, Juyona has marked this note useful
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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-28 13:21]

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

Hello Karan
Very nice shot of this little Bank Vole,
Great composition and lighting,
Fantastic colors,DOF and BG,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-28 13:34]

Hello Karan,
Very nice capture.Sharpness,eye contact,hamonious colors,framing and composition are wonderful.

Hello Karan,
Very nice shot of another vole capture with clarity, colour and details!
thank you for the notes too!

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-06-28 14:16]

Hello Karan !
What a cute little animal ! And the picture is really excellent ! Details, colors, composition, POV, BG, pose of the mouse (or rather the vole), everything is excellent. Very well done !

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-28 15:08]

hi Karan,
It is rather rare to see this animal, here it's nice presentation. Soft light and color, good pov.


I don't think I could get bored of this little fellow Karan,
Reminds me of 'Tales of the Riverbank.'

The point of focus is great and I like the depth of field. It's a great composition.


Hello Karan,
Good image. Well composed.
The DOF is maybe a bit shallow; this is nitpicking though.
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-28 19:58]

Hello Karan

I am amazed by this series of voles.They are very difficult to keep up with let alone photograph.Very nice focus with sharp details.The DOF and POV are very good.The colours and settings are so natural.TFS


I have seen 3 star-nosed moles this week.Not one chance at a shot.

Hello Karan,
Good selective focus and a fine composition!
Seems like this little fellow is getting used to participate in long and boring photo sessions...
Pablo -

Hello Karen,
Your patience was worth while! That must be a real consolation! This is a wonderful shot! The shot is sharp and detailed. Even the little whiskers look like wires! The vole is so well camourflaged, even that must have been a problem for you.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-29 1:04]

Hi Karan,
a great shot of this little rodent.
Sharp and well composed.
Brilliant use of flash.
Well done,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-29 2:29]

Hi Karan,
Splendid shot of this cute looking Bank Vole. Impressive sharpness, lovely colours and fine focus. Excellent POV to portray it and a superb OOF BG. I like its intense look and the eye contact. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-29 11:57]

Hi Karen. A very good shot indeed, excelent colours in this little Vole. great detail with sharp focusing. the eyes are spot on. a nice POV and DOF. very well done TFS.
Nick.. Great notes to read.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-07-01 7:43]

Hi Karen, this is a lovely shot of this sweet little Vole, your patience was worth it. You mamaged a great pov and he is nice and sharp with good colours. Well composed.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-09 14:11]

Hola Karan,
As you relate in your notes an adventure to photograph these rodents,
I believe that you are very patient...


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