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Indian Palm Squirrel

Indian Palm Squirrel
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N, Kenko Digital PL-CIR 67 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-13 4:39
Viewed: 5271
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This squirrel was photographed within the premises of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. It gave me this curious look when I focused it from close quarters. I dedicate this photograph to Ingrid Shaul.


The Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) also known as Three-Striped Palm Squirrel, is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family. It is found naturally in India. More recently, the Palm Squirrel has been accidentally introduced into Western Australia where it has become a minor pest that is actively eradicated due to its lack of natural predators.

The stripes on the Palm Squirrels back are explained by a Hindu legend. The legend has it that a squirrel helped in the construction of the Adi sethu (bridge) at Rameswaram. The bridge was being constructed by Lord Rama and the Vanara Sena, and the squirrel played its part by rolling in beach sand then running to the bridge to shake the sand from its back, all the time chanting Lord Rama's name. Lord Rama was pleased by the creature's dedication and, in stroking the squirrel's back, the mark of Rama's fingers was left on the squirrel ever since. This association with Lord Rama explains why squirrels are considered sacred in India.
Source: Wikipedia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-13 4:54]

Hi Subhash,isn't easy to take a beautiful squirrel close-up so perfect,i know these animals and they jump immediatly...excellent work and nice composition too,have a nice day and thanks for share,Luciano

Dear Subhash,
Thanks so much for dedicating the Squirrel to me.

It looks quite different from European Squirrels - particularly the grey colour is more like the South African animals in our area.

It appears to me, it was actually watching you. Did you talk to the animal? This is no joke! I talk to everything, even frogs, when I want them to sit still.I discovered over 30 years ago in the Swiss Alps, that animals find my voice soothing, when I told a marmot to be calm...

I like very much the natural colours - and thanks to the tight control of the depth of field - the blurred background.

Focus is perfect - and the tight framing makes the animal appear to be alive! (The photo would even be better, if you had included the tip of the tail...)

I like your interesting notes including the Hindy legend - it is a fascinating culture!

Thanks again for the dedication,
Fly well and take care,
Warm Greetings

Hello Pilot Shaib,
Umeed hai aap khus-o-khurram hun gay. Aap say mil ker bari khushi meli. Kiya ghazb ka photo liya hai hazoor and kasi mazaydar jaga per aap rehatay hain...I think enough of Urdu or should I call it Hindi....smile.Aires or Mario..your friend,I think, I came to know you because this fine gentleman from Canada who has such a wonderful talking parrot and the pleasure of knowing you, sir, is all mine. This is a fantastic photo that you have shared with us today....and was dedicated to a very knowledgeable and loving/caring person here on TN.....thanks....take care...warmest regards/Abid

hello Subhash

beautiful close-up photography of the Indian Palm Squirrel,
with fine POV, fine focus sharpness and details,
and a beautiful glance of the squirrel, TFS


What a lovely and rare squirrel!
Great details and colors.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-13 15:15]

Hi Subhash,

Finally - a critter that I saw for myself in India! These squirrels are so much fun to watch. A nice shot with a lovely expression on his face. I love the legend.


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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-01-13 23:04]

Hi Subhash,
Lovely capture of this cute squierrel.I liked eye contact,BG and composition a lot.
Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

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