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Variegated Squirrel

Variegated Squirrel
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-26 18:28
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Whether I visit a new state or different country, I am always on the lookout for unusual wildlife. While in Nicaragua I spotted these gorgeous white squirrels that had black stripes running from the tips of their heads to the base of their tails.

I knew I somehow had to get a shot of one during my week long stay. I finally captured this particular squirrel while visiting an area near Granada.

There are fourteen subspecies of Variegated Squirrels and their colors can vary greatly, from blackish to reddish brown to yellowish gray to white. This particular species (Sciurus variegatoides dorsalis) is very attractive with their long grizzled tails, white coats and black striped backs and head. They and quite active during the morning hours when they play vigorously.

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An absolutely stunningly beautiful species of Squirrels you shot in Nicaragua, Ron.
I love the rear perspective that not only shows the bushy tail beautifully but also the profile of the body turned at just the perfect angle. There's even a catch-light in the eye of this cutie.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Ron, great capture of cute creature, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-27 1:05]

Hi Ron
what a stunning POV and framing here .. I imagine the squirrel was in move and you had pretty few time to catch it .. great detail and clarity with this .. well done mate

nuri :)

Ciao Ron
照的清晰 很漂亮的松鼠 這品種第一次見到很新奇
我喜歡這個角度 真的很棒 尤其是轉身中
構圖美麗 背景好看 謝謝分享

Hello Mr.Ron,
Nice to see this beautiful Squirrel.I like its pose and movement.Nice colour and sharpness.It seems its tail is bigger than its body.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-10-27 2:59]

Hello Ron,
Wonderful squirrel, never seen before. Great action pose and taken from an excellent POV in fine sharpness and details. Very beautiful colours.

Hermosa fotografía de una especie poco conocida en general. Especiales felicitaciones por la manera que resolviste la composición, ya que hacerlo con animales de cola muy larga siempre es un dolor de cabezas. Perfecto el entorno y background selvático.
Desde Argentina,
un gran abrazo para tí, Ron
y a través tuyo linda familia
allá en Massillon, Ohio.
Desde Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz,
provincia de Santa fe, Argentina
Hernán Ernesto Bortondello

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-27 4:52]
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Hello Ron.
excellent work the quality is very good fine POV and composition, Colours and light superb I like this close framing and DOF. Regards Siggi

amazingly beautiful squirrel, TFS Ori

hallo Ron
super good sharpness and great details
the colours are beautiful to
thanks greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-10-27 8:45]

Very cute squirrel species..unique colors..well captured. tfs.

great capture,Ron
splendid posture and light
congratulation sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-27 12:56]
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Hi Ron,it turn the head in the best moment and in the right way to complete the magnificent pic,i like this POV showing us the big tail so well,great work in a difficult light and location.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ron,
What a beatiful image of this stunning squirrel.
I've never seen one like this before. I wonder if this is not the first on TN. A shot well captured with great detail and colour. Excellent! Thanks for sharing.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-28 10:10]

Hi Ron,
I never have seen until now ..
Excellent DOF/POV here. Fine details and sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Ron,

You're capturing well this squirrel by a good angle, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see white squirrel from the tips of head to the base of tail as you note in here. You catch well the feather of this and cute posture from a good angle. And, a leaning stalk which squirrel is stopping draws out a good effect.

Kind regards,

Hi Ron,
Thanks for showing us this very rarely seen squirrel. Magnificent capture of this active squirrel with such a long and thick grizzled tail. Superb sharpness, great fine details, gorgeous composition, fabulous lighting, and splendid natural colors. Nice to see its alert eye. Very well done, my friend. Thanks and have a good day!

Beautiful and interesting animal Ron! Impressive photo as always!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2013-10-31 21:51]

Hi Ron,
Wow! I have never seen a squirrel like that before.
It has beautiful colors and markings.
And a fetching pose as well!
Great capture! TFS!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-11-03 1:18]

Hello Ron
such a lovely composition especially the fluffy and sharp details. Exciting composition and the agile dark shiny eye is well captured too.
Excellent work and I believe it is such a swift process, missing the moment will give despair.


Ciao Ron. Details and sharp perfect. Excellente DOF good light.


Hi Ron,
Very interesting composition with the tail in focus. But I really like it, such as your light handling. Great use of flash, very little overexposion on the back left leg, otherwise excellent. Composition-wise your image is exceptional, the main compositional element (the squirrel) is forming an almost 90 degrees angle while (s)he is between two leafs, a bright and a shady. Perfect shallow DoF also. And a perfect image, probably the best one I commented today. Huge congratulations.
Best regards, László

Hello Ron
Amazing picture with perfect detail and colour.
Beautiful species too.
with regards.

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  • Chiza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 133 W: 0 N: 474] (5351)
  • [2013-11-22 11:39]

Hola Ron, una belleza de foto y de Ardilla con color poco usual, me gusta la composicion y el entorno...saludos.

WOW never saw this species before WOW awesome!

Hello Ron

Amazing the look and color tones of this squirrel of Central America ,
you captured the photo on a dynamic pose of the little animal,
with fine POV, great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2014-01-20 18:47]

Hi Ron,

Funny, I just wrote a critque on it and put in on my fav, but it didn't work, somehow it is not there with I checked. I'm trying again.

Anyway, a really good shot of this squirrel. I don't think I have even heard of it, I learn somethin new everytime I'm here. This is a good shot with good technical quality and good composition. Not much to critque, just to show my appreciations.


Great presentation of this wonderfull annimal!
Good colors, great sharpness, and a wonderfull pose and coposition
with the tail really catching the attention!
TFS, Ronny

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