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Red Squirrel II

Red Squirrel II
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Copyright: Dorota Mazurowska (blue-velvet29) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 53 N: 165] (912)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-10
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-12 3:54
Viewed: 3727
Points: 8
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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.

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cute shot, dorota! :-)
a squirrel in "action" looking for food,
not so easy to capture, as they are always on the move.
nice colors and details,
good pov & composition, although i would have cropped some
more off on the left.
well seen & done, thor.

Hi Dorota,
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and lighting are good. Good POV and framing.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-04-14 17:40]

Dorota, I've never seen one of them.

Great reddish shades. The squirrel is cute, and I also enjoy the catchlight.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-24 20:36]

Hi Dorota
Very nice capture of this red squirrel foraging for food on the forest floor. On this photo one can clearly see why it is called a red squirrel, because this one is really RED.
I like your composition though you could have cropped a little on the left & bottom to zoom a bit into the animal. I am sure there are enough focus & details to be able to accomplish this. The colours are very rich and well saturated. The DOF is spot-on and it shows excellent details. The exposure was well managed as I suppose you must have been slightly pushed for light.
Very well done and TFS.

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