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Jungle Palm squirrel

Jungle Palm squirrel
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Copyright: Smitha Komath (smitha) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): NATURE'S BEST [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-10 21:53
Viewed: 12184
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends,
Lately I have been noticing a good number of “ First ones on TN”. So I was wondering whether I will be able to make a similar post too.Then I remembered this shot of mating squirrels which I think is the first one of its kind on TN.I had to dig up in my archives for this picture. It was taken in May 2007. I had forgotten all about it until now.

The place where we live is literally teemed with Jungle Palm Squirrels. It‘s always amusing to watch their antics. They scamper all over the place with their tiny feet- pitter patter, pitter patter…. This particular day I noticed them much more active than usual. They were chasing each other , running up and down the trees, , scattering all over the place as if they were in frenzy . I was wandering around with my camera looking for birds, but it looked like birds had abandoned me. I decided to take a break and sat for a while on the foot step of our cattle shed. Then I saw a squirrel coming towards my direction, obviously unaware of my presence. Suddenly it was taken by surprise by a male squirrel and they started mating. I was so thrilled. Here I was feeling despised and depressed because I didn’t get any thing to shoot and lo! I was witnessing a very rare scene. I clicked like I had gone mad. The squirrels did become aware of my presence, but they decided to ignore me. I got several good shots of them. This is one of them. Hope you will like it.

About Jungle palm Squirrel, it’s scientific name is Funambulus tristriatus
Order : Rodentia
Suborder : Sciurognathi
Family : Sciuridae
Subfamily : Sciurinae
Species : Funambulus tristriatus

It is endemic to Western ghats of India. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests and plantations . It is threatened by habitat loss. and is listed as Near Threatened (Near Threatened (NT) and is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future, on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The picture was taken with Nikon D200/ 300mm AFS F4 Nikor, handheld.
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Hello Smitha,
This is a very fine image in top quality on the mating Squirrel!
super low pov in total sharpness, very good colour and details in the shot!
the exposure and focus is spot on!
many thanks for sharing this awesome photo
best regards to you and family

Great moment you have captured, love is in the air. Beautiful color with great clarity and sharpness. The surface is a bit tilted but who care. Excellent job.

Hi Smitha,
What an excellent shot glad you remembered it, excellent detail and stunning colours, well framed, its all about being in the right place at the right time and you were their, great work, all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Smitha
Great shot of these two squirrels in there natural environment
Fine detail and sharpness
Nice color and catchlite in both eyes
tfs jon

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-11 3:09]

Wow now that's something I've never seen before!
This was definately worth the wait Smitha!!
Excellent sharpness and detail.
Superb DOF.
Nice colours as well.
What a great pose :-)
Very well done!
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-03-11 4:33]

Hello Smitha, very sharp and clear shot of this great moment, great pov and dof and a perfect background, thanks!


Hi Smitha,
Hey, this one could be censured!!! ;-D
Certainly at least for me is the first time I see the usually cutie squirrels in this mating pose.
Is a very good picture, proper exposure and high quality of details.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,


Great shot. I noticed quite a few of these squirrels at Kodanad. The picture is lovely. You seem to have gone flat on to the ground to take this picture. Great effort to bring this scene out so clearly.

- Murali Santhanam

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-11 8:21]

Hi Smitha.
You sure have a great photo here, Excellent sharpness and well focus in all the image. First class photo, high quality lavel.
I wonder why You didnt post this before.
Your friend Luis52.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-11 9:21]

Hi Smitha.
Superb shot of intimate but so fine scene you have shared. Its quality is amazing. I like diagonal location of the substrate and main character, brilliant reproduction of all their features and very nice, wonderfully illuminated and coloured BG. Bravo and kind regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-11 9:23]

Hi Smitha

I would imagine this is a first! And a fantastic shot of these mating squirrels. Great timing to get this one. Beautiful colors and excellent details. I love their stripes and bushy tails.


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-11 10:00]

Smitha, Superb shot and I hv not seen such similar shot in the TN. Excellent lighting/view and quality. The lighting is perfect. ganesh

Hi Smitha.
Beautiful image as usual. very rare picture and frankly, i had not heard of this squirels.nice image. good sharpness. TFS

Hello Smitha, what a beautiful pair of squirrels, a species I've never seen before.. Good timing with the mating. Excellent pov, well composed and great dof with a wonderful bokeh. tfs Rgds Necip

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-03-11 11:23]

Namaste Smitha,
Amazing capture of the intimate moment of these cute fellows! The background and the foreground blur is just fantastic and offers a perfect depth of field on the animals catured under a magical light. Excellent details as well.

Hello Smitha,
Squirrels...always so busy. You photographed a decisive moment.
Well done

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-11 13:18]

Hello Smitha,
How can you forget such a scene? Very beautiful photo with a fantastic POV and DOF. Great clear colours and details. Excellent BG.

Hi Smitha,
Stunning colors, great DOF, perfect POV and great clarity and detail. Overall a beautiful composition.

Great Work !!


Beautiful colours and sharpness! Excellent shot!

Great shot! The colours and the light of the picture look wonderful to me!! I think the head of the squirell at the bottom is a little bit overexposed,.. but anyways,.. excellent shot.

Hi Smitha,

It is this moment that is captured in it's perfect rhythm that makes the outstanding feel...
A shot that deserves more that a smile...
The sharpness and clarity has to be mentioned too, but I would like to tell about this GOLDEN MOMENT that you shot, timely.



A detailed and sharp pic, displaying the subjects very nicely in your well composed pic.


Very nice shot of these beautiful creatures, indeed!I love the sharpness, and the POV is really nice!
Thank you!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-12 5:38]

Hello Smitha,
Spring is in the air and this is what our Squirrels are doing now to!! Very well-timed and a super shot of these two posing so nicely for you in fine light. Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours too.
They're really cute these stripy Squirrels.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-12 5:45]

Hello Smitha,
I think this fine action shot of a pair of mating Jungle Palm Squirrels is a first for the species on TN and if so, congratulations!
The shot itself shows the pair of well with good sharpness and colours taken from an excellent POV and set in a pleasing composition.
Thanks for sharing tis superb image,

It is a prize shot, Smitha. We see these little cute creatures all over the place in many parts of India, but I have never seen them mating. In that respect, I'm sure it is the first-ever image on TN.
These denizens of the Western Ghats are different from the three-striped ones we see in North India. They are more colourful too.
The shot is technically superb.
Well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-12 9:37]

Hi Smitha,
Nice catch, and a good timing :o) I liked the details, POV and composition. TFS

hello Smitha

great action shot of these romantic Jungle Palm squirrel couple,
excellent POV, excellent DOF, lovely luminosity of the image
with excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-12 18:35]

Hi Smitha,
Wonderful shot of these mating Squirrels and you have freezed a very tender moment skilfully. Superb lighting and exposure and the image is tack sharp with nice colours and details on their fur. I like those expressive eyes too. Great DOF and POV with the composition being simply majestic. Kudos.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-13 10:59]

Hello Smitha

A very well focused image with sharp detail.
This squirrel is very much like our chipmunk over here.
The colours are vibrant and well saturated.
Very good low POV.


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2008-03-13 11:11]

One of the rare moment you freezed..

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-14 0:36]

Hello Smitha,
Wonderful capture of a very natural moment. The image is well focused and exposed, resulting in a clear sharp image for us to view, thank you.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-24 3:03]

hello Smitha
good capture of those cute squirrels while they mating
i like dynamic composition, POV, lighting, colours, sharpness and details

Hi Smitha,
This one is simply brilliant. How lucky you were that time. I can feel the excitement only seeing this in the photo. And I can feel how excited you were that time. Very well captured without shaky hands. Yes thats what happen to me when I get excited :). Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Smitha,
Great mating capture and POV of the action..I think they're smiling :)
Great details, color, and light also. And I like the diffuse colors of the BG that contrast so well. I've got 4 or 5 regulars here, have yet to catch em' the act though.

Hello Smitha,
I agree with you about witnessing a rare scene - the essence of nature's plan. Your capture is exceptionally good given the hasty circumstances. Very unique and natural image!
TFS Thomas

I used to see this variety often in my parental house in mlore during my childhood days. The duo would be seen chasing and running around jumping from one branch of a tree to another. The coconut trees would be their ideal point of love making. But you evoked those childhood memories..tfs..lovely pic.

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