“European hamsters (Cricetus cricetus), sadly, are a threatened species nowadays,” notes Austrian-based photographer Henrik Spranz. “They’re much larger than the Syrian hamsters or dwarf hamsters, which are the ancestors of the well-known pet hamsters. The wild European hamsters are extinct or almost extinct in many European countries, but here in Austria you can still find them—even as urban wildlife. I waited some hours to get a shot when the hamster came back from foraging in the evening with its cheek pouches already full, but it decided to try and get this clover in as well.”
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM at 40mm, bean bag. Exposure: 1/1250 sec., ƒ/4.5, ISO 1000.