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Testing Camo
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-28 13:05
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Another photo of december squirrel. This time well camouflaged between dry leaves and eating nut. Picture taken as almost always [at least during winter] in Zdrowie Park.

Squirrels are generally clever and persistent animals. In residential neighborhoods, they are notorious for eating out of bird feeders, digging in planting pots and flower beds to pull out bulbs which they chew on or to either bury or recover seeds and nuts and for inhabiting sheltered areas including attics and basements. Squirrels use their keen sense of smell to locate buried nuts and can dig extensive holes in the process. Birds, especially crows, will watch a squirrel bury a nut and will dig it up as soon as the squirrel leaves. Although expert climbers, and primarily arboreal, squirrels also thrive in urban environments.

Squirrels are sometimes considered pests because of their propensity to chew on various edible and inedible objects. This characteristic trait aids in maintaining sharp teeth, and because their teeth grow continuously, prevents over-growth. Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must keep attics and basements carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels. A squirrel nest is called a "drey". Some homeowners resort to more interesting ways of dealing with this problem, such as collecting and planting fur from pets such as domestic cats and dogs in attics. This fur will indicate to nesting squirrels that a potential predator roams and will encourage evacuation. Fake owls and scarecrows are generally ignored by the animals, and the best way to prevent chewing on an object is to coat it with something to make it undesirable: for instance a soft cloth or chili pepper paste or powder. Squirrel trapping is also practiced to remove them from residential areas. However, otherwise squirrels are safe neighbors that pose almost zero risk of transmitting rabies.

Squirrels can be trained to be hand-fed. Because they are able to cache surplus food, they will take as much food as is available. Squirrels living in parks and campuses in cities have learned that humans are typically a ready source of food. Squirrels are occasionally kept as household pets, provided they are selected young enough and are hand raised in a proper fashion. They can be taught to do tricks, and are said to be as intelligent as dogs in their ability to learn behaviors. In these cases, a large cage and a balanced diet with good variety will keep a pet squirrel healthy and happy. As a pet, the owner must be aware of "spring fever" at which time a female pet squirrel will become very defensive of her cage, thinking of it as her nest, and will become somewhat aggressive to defend the area. Pet squirrels are usually kept without cages.

More about squirrels behavior on Wiki.

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wow , what a beautiful capture of an lovely squirrel ,Grzegorz !
details are fine , colours are wonderful and light is perfect ,
nice POV ,
very well done ! TFS,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-28 13:25]

Hi Greg. This is good close up of the Red Squirrel . This is a typical pose they always seem to be eating. You have taken it with fine detail and rich colours. Your use of the light has made its fur shine. well done TFS.

wonderful capture,good composition et close up,detail and color.Good work

Hi Grzegorz,
Very good capture of this cute Red Squirrel, great POV and composition, sharp details, excellent bright colours.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-28 14:40]

Hello Greg,
Wonderful photo of this squirrel from an excellent low POV. Splendid light and colours. Great sharpness and details. Very good composition. Very beautiful!

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-28 17:35]

Hola Greg.
I really like this fine photo. The red colors are just beautiful. The pose is also very nice.
The note very interesting.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-01-28 21:54]

Hi Grzegorz!

You present us a very beautiful picture of a squirrel. I particularly like the delicate lighting and the tender colours. Moreover, the unity of the colour tones in this picture adds to the value. The squirrel's position and the fact that it is eating is superb, too.

Kind regards


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-28 21:58]

Nice capture. Good light and very sharp image. May be a little space on the right would be better.

bonjour Grzegorz
oh quel piqué!!!
le sujet est vraiment parfaitement detaillé,j'aime beaucoup sont attitude relativement calme.
les couleurs du pelage d'hiver sont extraordinaire.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-29 2:38]

Greg This is a cute looking animal with a superb sharp focus. Well shot Ganesh

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-29 6:59]

Hello greg,
A fine capture of a Red Squirrel with ear-tufts, tail and legs being unusually red in this beautifully coloured individual.
The typical pose when eating and POV are excellent and taken with fine sharpness and lighting.
Thanks and best wishes from a dark grey S. Sweden.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-01-29 7:25]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Pozuje jak nalezy, wspaniale kolory i poza i oczywiscie bardzo sprzyjajace swiatlo tylko tak mysle ze przydaloby sie wiecej przestrzeni, kompozycja dosc ciasna.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

Witaj Grzegorz
Super fotka. Świetne kolory, żywe, ale naturalne.
Ostrość rewelacyjna.
Po prostu czuję, że wiewiórka zaraz wyskoczy z ekranu do mnie do pokoju ;)


P.S. Dzięki za komentarz do mojego zdjęcia.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-29 9:28]

Hello Greg,
What a gorgeous close capture of the Red Squirrel in lovely sunlight! The colours are wonderful and details very sharp. It does look great against the autum leaves in matching colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-29 11:36]

Hallo Grzegorz,
Wspanialy portret wiewiorki zajadajacej kasztany,z bardzo ladnie do fotografowania napuszonym ogonem.Kolory ,swiatlo,ostrosc i kontrast jak zwykle bezbledna.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-29 20:41]

Red Greg's got a Red Squirrel.
He's a beauty Greg. What a cute little fellow he is. I would love to have a squirrel as a pet. Except at springtime. Unfortunately we don't have any in NZ.
It is a lovely photo
Thank you

Hi Greg,
This Squirrel looks as though it is charged with static electricity the way its fur is all sticking up.
Great colour and detail in this shot.
Very nice.

Hi Grzegorz,
wonderful work with very nice squirrel! Great composition and rich colours!

Best regards, Leonid

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-01-30 2:21]
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Hi Greg

Another great winter close-up from you, my friend!
This squirrel is presented here very nice - in this cute pose which indeed makes it looks like it's hiding :)
The details are impeccable and the DOF used is spot-on, blurring the BG immediately after the contour of the squirrel.
The colors are all lovely - both on the subject and on the surroundings - and the exposure is very well balanced.

Bravo and TFS

PS: you still haven't answered my question: would you please be able to help us find a nice accommodation place once we decide that Poland is our destination?

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