This little bank vole lives in a dry stone wall near Agden Reservoir on the outskirts of Sheffield. Liz and I have seen it a few times whilst we've been out walking. It regularly pops out of a hole in the wall to pick up bits of birdseed.
Yesterday I decided to have a go at photographing the vole. I took a few shots but they were a bit distant. I returned to the site today and had another go. I used a close-focussing 50mm macro lens, with the camera mounted on a tripod.
At first the vole was extremely sensitive to the sound of the camera. As soon as I clicked the shutter it darted back into the wall. I got an awful lot of blurred pictures of its furry backside disappearing down the hole!
In attempt to freeze vole in its tracks, I cranked the shutter speed up to 1/500 second. As the scene was rather dimly lit, I had to set the ISO rating to 800 (about high as you can go with the Olympus E500 before the pictures start to look unacceptably grainy).
After a while, the vole seemed to become a bit more relaxed about the noise of the camera. I managed to get several fairly good shots of it posing in the entrance to its hole.