Water vole

Water vole, Arvicola amphibius, single mammal by water, Warwickshire, December 2015

Water vole, Arvicola amphibius, single mammal by water, Warwickshire, December 2015. Canon EOS 1dx. 800mm lens and flash.1/200th at f9. 800 iso. Flash 1 2/3 thirds underexposed.

Such a common mammal when I was a child. They would be seen on every walk in the countryside and were very close to my home. Now I have to go twenty miles to the nearest colony in Warwickshire or to another site in Worcestershire. The site I have chosen to photograph them is a thriving colony and I have been many times already, but only taken pictures twice. At this time of year there is no light reaching the bank so I am using flash or waiting for cloudy bright conditions. In the spring I would expect the sun light to reach one stretch of the bank in the morning and evenings, but that is a while away yet. Apples are the main attraction and they seem to pick up the smell of them quickly when I put a cut apple down.

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About mikelane81

Wildlife Photographer

Posted on December 12, 2015, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Gorgeous creature. Thank you for sharing.

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