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Red Squirrel


Red Squirrel
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Copyright: Thijs van Balen jr (Pentaxfriend) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 514 W: 24 N: 1888] (8048)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-20
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist DL, Sigma 170-500mm APO, Digital ISO 800, 86mm Kood UV
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Squirrels II, Tree Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 10:13
Viewed: 3785
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Sciurus
Species: S. vulgaris
Binomial name :Sciurus vulgaris

The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a species of tree squirrels (genus Sciurus). Red squirrels 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.

Physical description
Red squirrels have a typical head to body length of 19 to 23 cm, a tail length of 15 to 20 cm and a mass of 250 to 340 g. They are not sexually dimorphic as males and females are the same size. The red squirrel is slightly smaller than the eastern grey squirrel which has a head to body length of 25 to 30 cm and weighs between 400 and 800 g. It is thought that the long tail helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from tree to tree and running along branches and may keep the animal warm during sleep.

The coat of the red squirrel varies in colour with time of year and location. There are several different coat colour morphs ranging from black to red. Red coats are most common in Great Britain; in other parts of Europe and Asia the different coat colours co-exist within populations, much like hair colour in humans. The underside of the squirrel is always white-cream in colour. Red squirrels shed their coats twice a year, switching from a thinner summer coat to a thicker, darker winter coat with noticeably larger ear-tufts (a prominent distinguishing feature of this species) between August and November. A lighter, redder overall coat colour, along with the larger ear-tufts, helps to distinguish the European red squirrel from either of the Eastern Grey Squirrel or the American Red Squirrel.

The red squirrel, like most tree squirrels, has sharp, curved claws to enable the climbing of trees, even when branches are overhanging.


De rode eekhoorn of gewone eekhoorn (Sciurus vulgaris) is de in Europa meest voorkomende eekhoorn.

Kenmerken
De eekhoorn is 18 tot 24 centimeter lang en 250 tot 350 gram zwaar. De borstelige pluimstaart is van 14 tot 20 centimeter lang.

Al doet de naam anders vermoeden, kan de kleur variëren van zwart tot gelig, met allerlei tinten rood en bruin daartussen. Melanisme komt voor, maar de mate waarin individuen melanistisch zijn verschilt per regio. Gewoonlijk zijn de dieren roodbruin met een witte buikzijde, 's winters meer grijzig donkerbruin. De kleur wordt ook grijsachtiger naarmate de eekhoorn ouder wordt. De oorpluimen vallen vooral in de winter op. Een eekhoorn kan de haren op de pluimstaart opzetten.

Met zijn lange, gekromde klauwen kan hij makkelijk in bomen klimmen en van tak naar tak springen. Tijdens een sprong spreidt hij zijn ledematen, waarbij de losse huid op de flanken het dier helpt in de lucht te blijven. De pluimstaart dient als roer, waarmee hij zijn sprong kan sturen. Ook kan hij goed zwemmen.

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rode_eekhoorn
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Squirrel

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Hi Thijs,
that's a pretty squirrel and posing very nice for you. Very nice moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Salut Thijs
Cet écureuil a vraiment un aspect différent de nos écureuils locaux: ses oreilles bien sûr. Merci ne nous le présenter sous un autre angle.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Oh i love squirrels!
very nice and sharp picture of this squirrel. good composition as well.

steph

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-04-22 12:56]

Cute shot,liked the composition.Nice POV&DOF!!

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2007-04-22 14:09]

Da's een mooie die je mooi op de foto hebt weten te krijgen. Ben er ook een paar keer mee bezig geweest maar bij mij bleven ze niet lang genoeg zitten. Prima plaatje.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-22 17:28]

Ha thijs,

Wederom een leuke,kleurige upload van deze eekhoorn,fraai werk,

Paul

Hi Thijs,
Lovley image of this squirrel! Great composition, excellent sharpness and details and beautiful colours. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-04-23 4:01]

Hi Thijs.
I like pictured by you scene, its lifestyle light and colours. Beautiful squirrel and surroundings are simply amazing as well as the details of the shot and outstanding composition. ISO 800 is a hold step. I also like the nice presentation of this charming picture. My compliments and TFS.
Alexei.

Buenas Thijs
Una captura muy bonita por pose y sobre todo por el posadero, ese tocón lleno de musgo.
Un saludo

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-04-24 13:39]

Hi Thijs,
Mooi zijn ze hè. Mooie kleuren en je heb hem/haar vastgelegd in een prima pose.
gr. Paula

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-10-11 16:31]

Good picture! This animal is very sweet! :-)
Good composition and background :-)

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