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Posted 08/02/2021 - 15:00 Link
There is a fair sized colony of brown rats that live very comfortably off the food put down for the squirrels and birds in our local country park. This family appear to have set up home near a small feeding station a little way from the main colony. Once the food has been delivered, they don't seem very concerned by the close proximity of human visitors.
All taken with my K-5ii and DA 55-300mm ED lens at 210 to 300mm.

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Posted 08/02/2021 - 16:36 Link
We used to have lots near the bird feeders at Kew Gardens.. Either the parakeets or squirrels have scared them off, shame really as I do like them (not their fault they are disease vectors)...

Enjoyed the photos, thanks.
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Posted 09/02/2021 - 16:30 Link
I think they're kinda cute. Wouldn't say the same though if they were here at my house!
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Posted 09/02/2021 - 17:43 Link
Clearly British rats, because they're queuing.

Good to see photos of something that most people wouldn't consider 'nice' or photogenic.

Posted 09/02/2021 - 19:37 Link
We've got quite a few around here in W.London and are (regularly picked up by the CCTV , as are the urban foxes - had hoped that the former would be "eliminated" by the latter, but that hasn't happened

The rats aren't generally a problem UNTIL they scavenge in the gardens, or even get into the houses, which has happened in quite a few times - including ours several years ago! One got in through some ducting that carries the satellite cables under the floor, and started scratching loudly below the point at which the cables come up into the lounge - "scared it off" by spraying RAID fly-killer (really nasty stuff if you breathe it!) down the cables, and it went away PDQ (and I then sealed up the hole by which it got in).

SO, in the "right place", rats can be "OK", but when they get places which are not "OK" then they are definitely NOT (and our neighbours would definitely agree with that!)

OTOH, nice shots though.
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)
Edited by jeallen01: 09/02/2021 - 20:06
Posted 10/02/2021 - 14:57 Link
Thank you for your kind comments, folks. The rats really don't seem so bad in their natural environment (as opposed to ours!) and it's nice to see that families can still be taken out for a meal somewhere.

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