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Copyright: Deborah Kelleher (Debz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, 58mm U.V. filter
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/30 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-11 7:31
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Grey squirrel
Sciurus carolinensis
Grey squirrels are an alien species and were introduced to the UK from the USA in the late nineteenth/early twentieth century. Their success has been to the detriment of our native red squirrels.
Life span
Up to 9 years.
Physical Description
Grey squirrels are distinguished from red squirrels by their grey fur, smaller ear tufts and their larger, more robust build. Grey squirrels sit with their large bushy tail arched over the back.
They are widespread throughout England and Wales, south of Cumbria, and are common in local pockets in Scotland. They are absent from the rest of mainland Europe, except for small localised populations in Italy.
Common in deciduous and mixed woodland, they are also found in hedgerows, trees, parks and gardens.
Grey squirrels feed on acorns, tree shoots, flowers, nuts, fruits, roots and cereals. They bury surplus food 2-5cm below the soil or in tree hollows. They feed at ground level, more so than red squirrels, and together with their ability to digest acorns, (which reds can't), they have tended to displace red squirrels in areas of woodland where the two have come into contact.

Grey squirrels live in a compact, spherical nest (drey), 30-60cm in diameter, with an outer frame of twigs, and dry leaves and grass inside. They are diurnal, active from before sunrise to after sunset. The peak of activity is in the autumn. Their range covers 2-10 hectares.

Females produce a litter of usually three young in the spring or late summer (or occasionally both), after a gestation period of 42-45 days. The young are weaned after 10 weeks and are independent at 16 weeks.

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Hi Deborah,
Very lovely image with nice colors and sharpness, I like the pose of the squirrel and the eye contact
very well done
Thank you

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-11 7:55]

Hello Debz,
Superb capture of the Grey Squirrel in a nice feeding pose. I like the POV and composition on the sloping tree trunk in this technically excellent shot.
Well done and TFS!

Hello Debz
This is fantastic..youve got him sharp from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail..the lighting and exposure are spot on and the pose is ..well..Just perfect.
Best Regards

Hi Deborah,
I love it so much, what a lovely guy and the pose is so cute, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-11-11 8:19]

Hi Debz,

A wonderful shot of this adorable squirrel having his snack. The pose on the tree is fantastic. Nice natural colors and superb details from head to toe.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-11 9:09]

Lovely capture of this little Squirrel.
+++ As usual the clarity is superb and conserves a lot of detail especially in the fur.
I really like the pose and the way it looks really contented while eating that nut.
--- Absolutely nothing :)
You show our wildlife in Britain so well.
Thankyou for sharing Deborah.
Well done,

GREAT notes, Deb. And you are, ARE right. Man must not interfere with nature. This species should have been left in the U.S. I LOVE THE RED SPECIES TOO.
This is EXCATLY what we, man, did by bringing 'slaves' into the Americas.
We are gradually destroying ourselves.
The focusing is accurate and so is the sharpness. No noise.
Lovely, indeed.
Mario your 'friend' with the "TALKING" birds.
Come and visit, someday???

You did great on your exposure here. Very good colors and details on the squirrel. cute pose as well. :)

bonjour deborah
un tres joli moment immortalisé sur cette photo,avec un tres bon piqué et des couleurs naturelles.
bien vu.

Hi Deborah,
A nice capture of this feeding squirrel!
I like the pose caught, holding the peanut with its frontal legs.
It's very appelaing the composition made with the form of the trunk and the green background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-11 10:39]

Wonderful shot. Wonderful sharp, color and detail. Nice composition.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-11 11:05]
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Hello Deborah, great photo of this little squirrel, so sharp and so funny too. This little one had many fights, look at its ears, they're torn! Beautiful colours as well, it is just a great picture ;-). I saw on television the other day that some people in England are reuniting to fight against the grey squirrels to get the red squirrels back (because they are disappearing). They go out with guns and everything, and kill the grey squirrels in order to let the red ones reclaim their territory. I hardly could believe this and to be true, I didn't watch the whole thing, I just couldn't do it. I saw those guys get out their truck with guns and I changed the station... Have a good Sunday and thanks again for this nice photo of a British grey squirrel!


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-11 11:26]

Hello Deborah,
Lovely capture of this little Squirrel having his meal. Great sharpness and beautiful colours of his fur. It looks like a beautiful old tree he's resting on too and the light background is a fine contrast. A very fine composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hello Debz sorry missed a lot of fine shots nice work good sharpness and very well composed, good light and dof cute subject :-) rgds Necip.

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2007-11-11 13:04]

Gorgeous image! Very crisp detail in the fur and great eye contact. Not to mention the pose! Wonderful!! Cheers, Klaus

Hi Deborah.
Magnificent picture!
Very good coloration and details.
Excellent POV and sharpness.
Congratulations for the wonderful work!
Well done!
José Roberto

Hello Deborah,
Excellent capture of a grey squirrel. The detail, BG and composition are very nicely done. Your perfect focusing on the eyes connects me with the animal. Thanks for sharing,

Hi Debz.
Wonderful image, beautifully sharp, exposed and detailed. So Cute.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-11-12 3:46]

Hi Debz,
very well composed and with perfect DOF and sharp detail. Impressive shot, well done.

Hello Debz,
This is absolutely a perfect shot well captured!
total sharpness, vivid colour and so much details on the head-on pose of this cuttie!
also perfect in exposure and focus!
very well done indeed, Debz!

Hello Deborah
I missed this one :o)
Wonderful shot of this Grey squirrel,
Perfect pose,details and composition,
Superb shot,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-12 10:03]

Hi Debz. This is such a cute looking Squirrel having its lunch. I just love pose on the tree. you have captured fine detail with your sharp focusing. good natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi Deborah,
Nice picture of the Grey Squirrel. I tlooks as if you have been tempting it with Peanuts. Natural pose and good definition.
Good shot,
Best wishes,

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-12 16:08]

Hi Deborah!
Cute guy! Good sharpness and colors!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-11-12 20:05]

Hello Deborah

Great capture of this squirrel.A moment well captured.
The focus is excellent and the details are sharp,looks like this fellow has had a few battles,his ears are a bit tattered.
Wonderful detail in the fur and the colours are natural and well saturated.
Very good eye contact and catch light.
A charming shot.


Magnifique, superbes détails, excellente composition et quel POV.

hello deborah,
this is a lovely change from the water birds, this one looks real cute here, very nice pov, lovely colours and sharpness,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-13 4:26]

Hello Deborah,
Beautiful image of this fellow enjoying a peanut on this gnarled old tree. Your great camera work gives us a sharp and colorful image to view, thanks for sharing.

hi deborah,

very lovely image!nice action shot,greatly done and very beautiful composition.


Hi Deborah,
Very pure and sharp shot.
Harmony of atmosphere, colours, lightning.
Well done. Tfs. Stev

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-17 13:04]

Hi Debz

Great shot, perfectly sharp and with a cute pose. Wonderful catchlight in the eye. Very nice work



Very good one, Deborah.
Well composed image. Good sharpness. I like the POV.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-20 16:50]

Hello Deborah,
Simply L-O-V-E-L-Y !
Beautiful moment of peaceful and delight for this squirrel!
Excellent sharpness and very nice colours. Perfct DOF and nice BG.
Best regards and have a nice evening :-)


Hello Deb,
Very good capture all the way-round. The problem shooting the squirrel in the tree's shadow, is that the brighter BG can cause exposure problems many times. But you managed it nicely I see..
Great POV, sharpness, details, comp, color...and all that nutty action too ;-}}

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-09 11:11]

hello Deborah
good capture of this cute model while its busy
i like composition, point of view, background, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note
thanks for sharing

Merhaba deborah,
Mükemmel fotoğraf

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-09-08 21:49]
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Hi Debz

What a charming character you have here. This cute pocket-sized Grey Squirrel looks fabulous with the peanut and the lovely highlight in the eye. You have captured good details of the little rodent and the colour rendition is very natural. Actually the dark bark of the tree and the well OOF area in the BG makes the little guy stand out nicely in the shot. The composition is great with the tree basically cutting the image in half, leaving 2 triangles. The exposure was well managed with the ISO400, f/7.1 aperture & 1/30 shutter speed thus making full use of the available light. You also did a fine job to prevent any camera shake at the rather slow shutter speed.

Well done and TFS.

PS. I've selected one of your older postings, simply because my latest posting shows a very similar image of a distant relative of this one.

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