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It's a hard life

It's a hard life
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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: 2007-07-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/6.3
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-16 10:04
Viewed: 3132
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
By now it must look like I am obsessed with voles. I assure you I am not..well just a little bit. This was a very quick grab shot. I was walking along when this fellow swam past me in the water. He rushed past dragging a reed. I grabbed the camera and managed a couple of quick shots before he vanished out of sight.

Water voles were immortalised as "Ratty" in Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book Wind in the Willows.

At the time the book was published almost a century ago in 1908, water voles could be seen along many of the country's rivers.

But since then, their numbers have declined by 90% nationally

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-07-16 10:09]

Hi Karen
for such a quick shot, this is excellent! Very sharp and illustrates some interesting behaviour...i think Ratty's building a home :o)

Hello Karan,
Looks like you equipped yourself well with all the gear of photographing at all time!
well captured with sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

how cute!!!!!!!!!!!!lovely action shot!great!
tfs karan!

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-16 10:51]

Hi Karan
that's a great capture with perfect sharpness and compo, I love these little claws comming out of the water
Lovely catchlight to make this a wonderfull picture
Obviously you do not need Leopards or otters to realize great Nature photography!

Nice Capture Karen, some nice details of a small mammal that is still becoming rarer by the day.
TFS yours Robert

I think you are obsessed as I am with Roe Deer Karan, but hey ho what a great obsession. Another perfectly timed shot and action as well, love the way you can nearly get the detail under the water as well.
Super timed shot, well worthy.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-16 13:51]

Hi Karen I love the look on its face.the name is just right. a very clear well detailed shot. very nice clear water showing good colours. very well done TFS.

hi karan,
great timing ! very hard working this little guy.
very good sharpness, although a lot of motion.
fantastic lightning.

Excellent capture Karan. Your quick action was worth it. This Water Vole is so cute. I guess they are small creatures. Nice.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-16 15:54]

Hola amiga,
bella y refrescante captura,
magníficos detalles...
aagradable situación y pov,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-16 19:05]

Hello Karan

These guys are like miniature muskrats.I really like your water vole series.They must be difficult enough to photograph.This one is well focused with sharp detail and you have caught it busily transporting some materials to it's nest.Nicely composed with very good exposure.Nicely done.I would love to be able to shoot a vole that hasn't been dragged around by the cat first!.lol.TFS


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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2007-07-16 23:13]

Hi Karen, excellent timing on your part to capture this vole. The composition is very good, you've caught him working, and he sure looks natural. The colour and your detail is very good. I like how he's looking at you while he manipulates that grass.

Thanks, John

Hello Karan,
Poor thing..!
He looks like totally exhausted, the last tad of hope has left his eyes...
Situation is well captured, pleasant colours & details!
Pablo -

I remember the TV series based on Wind in the Willows...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-17 0:50]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful shot and a splendid moment captured. I like the way it is dragging the reed and the intensity on its eyes. You have really done a marvellous series on these Voles and I assure you everyone of them allowed a peek at their behavioural tendencies in their natural habitats. I for one enjoyed every bit of it. Excellent POV here and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-17 0:55]

Hello Karan,
Very clever to have captured this little one swimming along rapidly. This is really lovely and sharpness and colours are excellent as well as the composition. Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-07-17 2:08]

Hi Karan,
a great shot of this small rodent.
I love the way it's holding the grass.
Well done,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-07-17 7:55]

Hi Karan,

A fantastic shot!! You captured the action of this cute vole swimming while holding onto the reed. I love those little "hands". Wonderful colors and details - great bubbles in the water.


Hola Karan,
Precioso el momento capturado con gran nitidez y mucho detalle, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Karan, an other lovely vole, splendid composition with great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is your cute little friend again Karan! I like them :) It is a pity to read that their population declined so much.

This is a nice action shot with good details and great brilliance on the water; very cute. Thanks,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-10 13:39]

Hi Karan.
You have pictured a very nice and funny scene. I also like the title. Quality of the shot is superb. Reproduction of the water surface, animal and plant is outstanding. Great lighting and nice colours. Composition is precise. Bravo and my kind regards from far countryside.

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