I often see voles sneaking about in my garden, but like most people I rarely get to see them really close up. Some time ago I did manage to grab some shots of one feeding and identified it as a Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus).
|Bank Vole (Clethrionomys glareolus) feeding on Honeysuckle Berries. This vole was far too timid to photograph close up and I had to use a 400mm lens.|
Then the other day I spotted five young voles feeding in the garden. I originally thought they were bank voles as well, but after looking closely at the pics and video I have come to the conclusion they are actually young Field Voles (Microtus agrestis) as they are much lighter in colour and have very short tails.
|At first they were not too sure if I could be trusted and would hide under the path, or disappear down their hole.|
|After a few minutes they would come back out if I stayed still.|
|Eventually they allowed me so close I could photograph them with a 100mm macro lens|
We must be doing something right with our garden.
Text/images copyright David Forster www.bluestoneimages.com