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Cyril the Squirrel

Cyril the Squirrel
Photo Information
Copyright: Gary Fudge (garyfudge) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 181 W: 5 N: 320] (1098)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D80, Nikkor 80-400mm, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Tree Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 6:06
Viewed: 6008
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Squirrels (Sciurus Vulgaris)

There are only 2 breeds of squirrel in Britain, Reds & Greys.
Red squirrels are the native species of Britain & are endangered.They have tufts on their ears & are smaller than the greys.
Grey squirrels are very common and can be seen in urban areas, such as parks. They were introduced into Britain, from the U.S.A between 1876 & 1929 and Grey squirrels have generally been blamed for the decline of the reds.
Coat colour in Red squirrels is highly variable and can range from black to a dull yellowy-brown (often referred to as “buff”), covering most shades of red and brown in between. Albino Reds are rare, while melanistic (black) Reds are common in some regions (such as Denmark and parts of continental Europe), but rare in the UK.

This one was seen feeding on a wild bird feeding site deep within the forest. Taken at the long end of my 80-400mm lens with iso set at 800. Very slight crop, and colours adjusted using levels.

Thanks for looking.


PaulH, Kathleen, angybone, haraprasan, Jamesp, mikou, eqshannon, kjpweb, SkyF, jaycee, fartash, ramthakur, gracious, Juyona, Necipp, hester, Debz has marked this note useful
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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-20 6:23]

Gary chooo sweet. Lovely looking squirrel. Wonderful image very well shot. Ganesh

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-20 6:25]

Hi Gary,
classic Squirrel pose and lovely colurs, look at those feet! We have a colony of Reds on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, but they're very hard to spot, let alone shoot. Just over a week until i'm at Glenmore myself :o)

Hi Gary.
Wonderful shot of him having a snack, look at those paws. Love the composition, really shows the size of his feet and behavior. Colour and detail are great, slight softness to the image but a sharpen should make that pop.
Wonderful image

New Zealand

hi garry,
cute little squirrel has been captured beautifully, nice pose captured, liked the colours and the composition,
tfs & regards

Hi Gary,
A beautiful squirrel. Well captured shot. Very good focus and lighting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-20 7:55]

Hi Gary

I am SO jealous!!! I have only seen a red suirrel in the UK once - and that was on Arran, when one ran across the road. The pose is brilliant and the colours very good. Could do with a slight sharpen - but if I had got this shot I would be so happy!


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-20 8:34]

Hi Gary.
Very detailed capture with cute pose of this lovely little animal.Very good details,pleasant natural colors and nice eyes contacts.I like your used low POV.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

"Lovely to see you again my friend. Walk along with me to the next bend."

A super capture and it feels like he himself sitting in front of me....Cinemascope! Beautiful warm colors and perfecto focus front to back.

BobWestern US Wilderness

Hello Gary,
I love squirrels, I don't know why , but I set them just after the cats, of whom I'm crazy for.
So it is sad to aknowledge their destiny, & I hope that something could be done. Wolves in Italy were in the same situation, but now they are protected and increasing. I hope a similar future is open to red squirrels.
Your shot is wonderful, well focused and sharp, and a POV that is so typical...
I love this red fellow, my wishes.

That is one heck of a shot. Focus on the eyes is marvelous. Wonderful portrait. Cheers, Klaus!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-20 10:21]

Hi Gary,
great portrait of Cyril, he poses very well.
Lovely colors and wonderful details.
Very well composed, you filled the frame very nicely.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-20 10:32]

Hi Gary,

What a great close-up of this squirrel. And it IS close up. You caught every part of him nicely as he munches on his nut. Love the pose! Nice colors and details. Looks like he needs his toenails clipped.


Hello Gary
What a wonderful shot of this red Squirrel,
Perfest details,composition and DOF,
Check this One ,maybe you like it :-) TFS, Friend.


At ISO 800, you have got the Squirrel's features and colours very well, Gary.
I count 10 whiskers on the left and nine on the right :-).
The eyes are beautifully captured.

Hello Gary,
Wow, what a beauty!
I liked the pov to show the perfect sharpness, clarity, awesome colour and details of this cuttie!
very well done indeed
excellent gallery too

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-20 16:30]

Hola Gary,
hermoso retrato,
sensacional pov,
colores y texturas excelentes,

Hi Gary,
Very nicely portrait with so cute squirrel.Well done.TFS.


Hello Gary,
Good portrait with fine details!
I think you guys bribe them with food, there is no way I can have the squirrels over here pose like that,hehehe!
Pablo -

Another one of those AWWWW photos.

Great color and my what big hands this little guy has!
Wonderful composition - great twinkle in his eye. Lovely!!!

I don't understand - I came back to edit this and now can't seem to get the points to work. I gave you the green happy face for two. I'll keep trying.

Hello Gary nice shot wish we had red squirrels down here really a cute shot wel composed and fine timing tfs rgds Necip

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-23 16:50]

So Cyril is his name? Lovely shot Gary especially considering the distance! Lovely sharp shot, wonderful pose and POV and great bright eyes. Wonderful



Hi Gary,
It looks as though you have been giving 'Cyril' a treat for posing for you. Very well taken with lots of detail.
Well done,

Hello Gary,
what a sweet shot of this cute squirrel! You got a great close up! TFS

Thanks for your comments on my photo " Chipmuck (19)" :o)
Yes , I do believe the chipmuck is in the family of squirrels, or at least in the general rodent like family..they sure are cute things!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-26 2:02]

Ahh Cyril the Squirrel enjoying his booty. Nice close up, head on shot, he is a very hansome chap. Nice focus and good detail and sharpness throughout, lovely eyes and good colour tones.

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