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Goodnight Mr Vole

Goodnight Mr Vole
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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: 2008-01-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z of Mammals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-14 10:39
Viewed: 3946
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the first time I have taken a Water Vole after the sun had set. Obviously I had to use the flash but he didn't seem to mind.

I wasn't expecting to see a vole at all. The Water Voles don't hibernate but they are less active in winter. They spend a lot of time in their holes and have food stored from summer.

You can tell this is a water vole instead of a rat because of the small fur covered ears, the beady eyes and the blunt snout

cicindela, nglen, jaycee, valy67, Alex99, marhowie, NinaM, eqshannon, Luis52, SelenE, Ena, rousettus, dejo, izler has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To joey: Closehester 2 01-15 13:29
To nglen: To see them in the wildhester 2 01-15 10:38
To CaptiveLight: Where Water Voles livehester 1 01-14 12:29
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Hello Karan!
What a cute creature! ;) I like flash control andvery nice DOF and sharpness. "F" was "only 5.6" ut the final effect is very good.
TFS and est greetings from Lodz,

I really like these little critters ... though I have yet to find one to photograph still...

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-01-14 10:57]

Hi Karan,
Outstanding shot of this cute Vole. The fur looks awesome and you have used the flash light very deftly. I like the glint on its eye and the calm posture. You surely are doing a great job with these Voles. Excellent low POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Karan, very sharp shot of this beautiful vole. Nice contrasting light and perfect dof. I like the pose you caught, it's really a cute animal. tfs Rgds, Necip

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-14 11:16]
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Hi karen. What a fine capture of the water Vole. I have never seen one in the wild . you have done well using the flash. good detail and natural colours. well done TFS.

Hello my dear friend Karan,
Today you are sharing with us my favorite Mr.Vole! How can I afford to miss this, haha!
cute and lovely to mention this Mr.Vole in sharpness, beautiful colour and details in the shot
many thanks once again
friend Tony

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-14 11:48]

Hi Karan,

Beautiful picture of this cute little Vole. The pose is adorable. You did a great job with the flash. Nice natural colors, good details, and a nice grassy setting.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2008-01-14 11:53]

Hello karan !
It is rare to see a Vole on TN, and to be honest I have never seen any in real, so thank you for showing this wonderful picture ! Excellent details, nice colors, wonderful composition and POV, and a great pose of the Vole, holding her meal in her little hands. You made excellent use of your flash. verywell done !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-01-14 12:50]

Hi Karan.
What a nice colours and details of the cute picture. POV and DOF are selected perfectly. You managed to show this amazing animal at nice scenery very well. Bravo and best wishes.

Hi Karan, Great night work..so were you using your night goggles? ;-}}
The flash has lit her up well, nice details and color. Good POV and comp too :)

Hello Karan,
excelent capture of this water vole, he is so cute with his lovely attitude, I am surprise of the great quality shot after sun set, colors are splendid and focus is just perfect,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-14 13:54]

Hi Karan, that's a lovely little vole, it seems small compared to the ones I am used to see here. You captured it very well with great details and perfect pov. Thank you!


Wonderful Karan....You are the person to go to when someone needs to know about certain sized mammals of England....I would not know of hedgehogs if it wasn't for you! Very nice image...Simple and yet complete...Well done.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-01-14 18:03]

Hola Karan.
What a nice looking guy. I sure have here a nice photo of this Water Vole. Excellent flash work and camera too Karan.
Saludos My friend

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-01-14 23:39]

Hi Karan,
Cute and funny :o) I liked the pose you captured, POV and the composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Karan,
I have missed this little fellow!
It is nice to see your furry friend again, still going strong in spite of cold and dark winter time...
A pleasant composition with fine details, always eating!
Pablo -

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-01-15 1:46]
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Hi Karan,
how do you get so close to these Vole?!
This photo is really good!
Your low-down POV is very effective.
Incredibly sharp and detailed.
Flash maybe a bit bright but otherwise the photo is unblemished!
Great work!


Hi Karan, lovely little creature with beautiful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-01-15 8:07]

Hi Karan,
i see you've been back to your favourite spot again! Another great capture of this rarely seen critter, great detail and a nice POV and composition - well done!

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-16 14:22]

Hi Karan,
Nice shot!
Well composed, good details!

Hi Karan,
You were lucky that its eye didn't come out red! It seems to be this kind of animal that could have red eyes with flash like squirrels, rabbits or deer :) I love those little ones! They are very cute and you captured it nicely in good action, composition with great details. They always make me smile :))

Hello Karan,
small mammals shots are less than other groups, e.g. larger mammals, birds etc, on TN. You posted some photographs of small ones nicely. This is also great capture for water vole. POV/DOF, composition, eye contact and timing when it fed very nice. good notes. thanks, best wishes

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-19 7:20]

Hi Karan,
cute pic of this lovely water vole :)
captured in beautiful pose with great details
nice work
best regards, Dejan

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-01-19 9:37]

merhaba karan
good capturing of this cute vole while its busy and good eye catching
i like composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-01-22 12:35]

Bonjour Karan
Très belle prise, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumière.
Amicalement Robi

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-01-25 21:46]

Hello Karan

I am amazed how you find them.
These guys look like miniature muskrats.The detail you have captured is excellent.
The fur texture shows so well.The colours are natural.You have utilized the flash well here.


Hi Karan,
That new lens does show its quality. The details in the entir photo is excellent. he flash did workout perfectly, but a external flash might have helped you a little more on softening the shades. I like its pose a lot.

As mentioned last week, hereby the legal protection of the water vole:

Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 in respect of Section 9(4) tightened with ammendments in the CROW act 2001: Legal protection prohibits interference with places used for shelter or protection, or intentionally disturbing animals occupying such places. For example, it is illegal to disturb, alter, or expose the burrow of a water vole.


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