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Bank Vole

Bank Vole
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 IS USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-12 0:42
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Points: 8
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A tiny Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus). This cute little creature was taken on Christmas Day 2009 at the RSPB Arne nature reserve near Wareham, Dorset. My wife and I had only just got out of the car when we saw a pair of voles scurrying in and out of the undergrowth - taking advantage of seeds falling from bird feeders.

They are very quick when on the move, but fortunately this one paused for a few seconds in the sunshine allowing me to capture a few shots. It was a pity about the shadow across its face - I know I could remove this in Photoshop but to me that is too much processing. The shot has been cropped and sharpened.

I found the following information on Bank Voles at http://www.uksafari.com

"Size: Length from nose to base of tail is approximately 80mms. The tail is a further 60mms long.

Distribution: Found throughout England, Scotland, Wales and many of the Islands. Absent from Northern Ireland.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Found in hedgerows, banks and verges, especially in deciduous woodland.

Food: Nuts, seeds and berries.

Special features: This is the smallest vole found in the UK. It has very prominent ears and a chestnut-brown coat. They can be distinguished from mice by their shorter, blunt, almost hamster-like noses.

They live in underground chambers, accessed via a tunnel with an entrance hole about 3cms in diameter. Inside the chamber they keep a store of food."

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-01-12 1:03]
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I went to Arne a couple of times over the xmas break - how icey was the car park??
This is a great capture of these elusive creatures, the shadow doesn;t boither as i think it only adds the 'covert' nature of the animal. Fine detail and nicely framed.

Hi Vinny.
Looks like a secretive wee chap dont no anything about them but he looks cute.
Cheers Dave

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-12 2:15]

Hi Vinny

I have never seen a bank vole (I don't think so anyway) despite the fact that they live on the riverbanks around our house!! Well seen and captured - excellent eye contact, detail and lighting.


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-12 9:56]

Wonderful capture this little and cute Clethrionomys glareolus!
Very sharp details and colors.

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