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Indian Giant Squirrel

Indian Giant Squirrel
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Copyright: Ravi Kailas (rkailas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 135 W: 2 N: 175] (799)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-27
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Karatash's other favorite -I- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-24 4:09
Viewed: 4098
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Photographed in Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka.

The Indian Giant Squirrel, Ratufa indica, is a large forest squirrel found in South Asia. Sometimes called the Malabar Squirrel in India itself, the species is distributed in tropical forest along the Western Ghats, central and north eastern India. Each population is distinctive in colouration and are classified in several races. Its coat can be off-white, red, or almost black, though some colour variations seem to be disappearing. Indian Giant Squirrels rarely leave the treetops. They travel from tree to tree with jumps of up to 6.5m.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-24 4:10]

Ravi for a moment I thought it was a toy. But when I opened it saw its real. Welcome to TN and a nice shot. The POV is fine. Ganesh

Hi Ravi
Incredible animal, very nice. The squirrel is a bit too much centered in my opinion. If you have a lot of space around the main topic (which is lovely here showing the natural habitat) you should use the rule of thirds.
From Digital Camera Magazine: The rule of thirds
While there are times when you need to place your subject in the centre of the frame, you can create more interesting, balanced and powerful compositions by placing the subject off-centre in your photograph; this immediately causes the viewer's eye to move around the image. Centrally placed subjects tend to focus attention in the middle of the image and leave it there, making pictures feel flat as a result

beautiful squirrel. I didn't know those exist.
Ideally you would have been a little closer and no leave in front of the tail.
Composition too centered (see workshop)
Pic definately worst TN as the subject is rare and the pose brilliant.

Do you know, this is an indicator species which indicate the health of the forest! this picture is good and shows that nagarahole is healthy ;-)

HI Ravi,
Great decisive moment you captured here...
Well done

Hello Ravi,
This guy caught my attention!
Something different from most squirrels in TN as I think this is first time I see this one, impressive tail and fine brownish colour...
Well composed presentation, the subject with nice sharpness!
Pablo -

nice3 pic, I like the habitat, TFS Ori

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-21 22:54]

Hi Ravi,
What an interesting squirrel, it's the first time I see it. Good details and pose. TFS

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