The Pied Piper!

12th February 2011
Despite the recession I am very busy at the moment, and my work load increased significantly in January when I signed a five year contract to supply wildlife images to the Oxford Picture Library. This is a dedicated wildlife library who operate as a part of the photolibrary group. I am really pleased to be taken on by this prestigious library.

The library have supplied me with a list of the wildlife images they particularly need to include in there database, and the brown rat is on the list. I know he isn't many peoples favourite but you do have to admire this cunning survivor. I have located a site where there are significant numbers of rats, although numbers are due to be cut shortly! And have gained permission to enter the site to get some images, easier said than done! I have had up to ten of these little critters racing around under the undergrowth, but unfortunately for me they only venture out of here as the light starts to fade.

As facinating as they are its always important to remember that rats in particular carry a number of nasty deseases. Weil's disease is particularly nasty and can be fatal, so I'm extra careful to touch as little as possible when on site and to wash as soon as i've finished.

Here's one of the few shots I've managed so far with a rat out in the open, well sort of!


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