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Stalked this little fella at lunchtime down a small pond near work. Saw some leaves moving and so I hid as best I could behind a post and just waited. Man was he skittish. Most of the time I just saw his nose and whiskers popping out of the undergrowth then straight back in, but then he made a dart for it at what seemed light speed. Had the EM1 MK II with me with just the 12-100mm F4 Pro (so not an ideal wildlife lens) - Shutter priority 1/500 sec, F4.5 Auto ISO (1250), continuous Low release (silent mode), C-AF with C-AF sensitivity set to +2. To be honest he moved so bloody quickly I just pointed the camera in the general area and hoped for the best. Pretty impressed all things considered, especially when he just suddenly ran from the undergrowth and the camera picked up on him immediately. Out of the 12 shots taken, 2 are OOF (focused on the grass before or after him), 3 are very slightly soft, and the remaining 7 are acceptably sharp. Not the best framing and quite messy, but considering I had probably a second or so to capture him before he was gone, I'm still quite pleased. In hindsight, I think a shutter speed of around 1/1000 sec would have froze him better, but then I'd have quite high ISO levels.
After all that when I viewed the images, I then realised it wasn't a vole (as I had originally thought as I couldn't' see his whole body), but what I think is a "common" brown rat ?