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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
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Copyright: Tom and Martina Trnka Dobis (DOBIS) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 170] (632)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-16
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H1, Kenko Polarizer (PL)
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-16 16:49
Viewed: 3829
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
Species: S. vulgaris
Binomial name
Sciurus vulgaris
Red squirrel are tree-dwelling omnivorous rodents that are frequently found throughout Eurasia. In Britain, however, numbers have decreased drastically due to the introduction of the Eastern Grey Squirrel from North America.

The Red Squirrel is native to usually coniferous forest and it is also found in temperate broadleaf woodlands. The squirrel makes a nest, known as a drey in a branch-fork of a conifer by laying down twigs to make a domed structure about 25 to 30 cm in diameter, then lining it with moss, leaves, grass and bark. Hollows and woodpecker's nests are also used. Red Squirrels are solitary animals and are shy and reluctant to share food with others. However, outside of the breeding season and particularly in winter, multiple Red Squirrels may share a drey to keep warm. Social organization is based on dominance hierarchies among and between sexes, although males are not necessarily dominant to females, the dominant animals tend to be larger and older than subordinate animals and dominant males tend to have larger home ranges than subordinate males or females.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-08-16 18:28]

isnīt he cute?! what a wonderful shot, tomas! :-)
excellent natural surrounding and marvellous sunlight
together with a great and curious pose of the little furry friend.
well done & take care, thorsten.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-16 19:04]

Hi Tomas,
They're very rare in Britain now, we just see Greys (or Tree Rats as some people call them). Lovely shot, nice composition/framing and perfect pose with his head turned like that. Harsh light and strong shadows, maybe some fill-flash would have helped? A minor point though and it doesn't detract from the shot, nice work.

Hello Tomas!
It seems to me like every animal I don't have a chance to see where I live is exotic. For example White Stork or Red Squirrel. But when I lived in Poland I didn't pay too much attention to them. And now the same way I disregard the grey squirrel or mallard duck simply because there's a plenty of them near my house. I have to enjoy more seeing the animals I got here, within the reach of my lens. To you they gotta be just as exotic, as your red squirrel is to me. Regards,

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-17 2:30]

Ahoj Tomasi!

Cute squirrel! I like composition with well visible blue sky and lots of sunlight. Interesting pose and face :-) Probably it is waiting for some fresh nuts :-) Ears are slightly weird to me - Polish squirrels have got little 'brushes'on top of theirs ears.

Hello Tomas,
Cute shot.
Great pose/POV with nice color and good detail.
Well done and TFS!

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