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"A very Merry Christmas to you...

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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-12-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Canada [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-24 14:02
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"A very Merry Christmas to you and all those which you love."

Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus or Pine Squirrel, Chickaree.

Description - This squirrel is rust-red to greyish-red above being brightest on the sides, white or greyish-white below and the tail is similar to the back color but is outlined with a broad, black band edged in white. The coat is duller in the summer and a black line separated the back and underbelly colours. The average red squirrel weighs 7-12 ounces.
Distribution - The red squirrel is abundant in any kind of forest, coniferous, pine, mixed or hardwood forests, often around buildings. They occur through much of Canada and most of B.C.
Biology - This creature feeds heavily on pine seeds and in the fall it cuts green cones and buries them in damp earth ; other sustenance includes nuts, seeds, birds' eggs, young birds and fungi. It makes a nest of leaves in a hollow or fallen tree, hole in the ground or tree crotch. 3-7 young are born in March or April and there is sometimes a second litter in August or September. The squirrel is a chatterbox with a variety of calls to announce its home range or the presence of intruders.
Tracks - Tracks are common between trees and near holes in the ground where they have dug up buried cones. Squirrels place their feet next to each other rather than one in front of the other. In deep snow their tracks are characterized by two diamond shapes next to one another. A clear imprint will reveal five long toes with claws similar to the skeleton of a human hand and may or may not have a heel print. The heel is as long again as the toes and a rough oval shape.

Taken this morning (-10 C) at Granby, PQ, Canada.
From me too, a very Merry Christmas to you and all those which you love.

I hope you like it.

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What a wonderful photo! So crisp and clear. Amazing you were able to get such a photo of a squirel, they move so quickly that I've never been able to get a good shot of one. You even got it with his mouth open.

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-12-24 15:45]

Luc !
I love it. This an excellent picture. Super colors and details.This is amazing how you captured open mouth.Merry Christmas to you too and your family.
best regards

Luc, fantastic photo. So close! What a sweetie. The detail is wonderful. TFS

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-25 4:58]

Wonderfull face and pose Luc! I like colours and POV.

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

Very cute Luc.
I like the colours and the pose.
Great sharpness with details.
Very goos note.
Excellent work.

And to you and your cute furry friend too, Luc! He is very sweet. Have a nice day today

Fantastic photo.

Definatley one of the best Red squirrel images I have ever seen so close up and personal you can almost feeel the texture of the fur.
Happpy Christmas.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-25 15:54]

Wow, this is sharp! The image is very clear and the composition superb.

Excellent work here Luc. May you and your family have a wonderful and safe festive season.

Extremely crisp shot, Luc. I suspect you needed the speed to freeze the movement of this little guy. Well seen and executed.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
DOF: ****
POV: ****
Note: ***

Great shot, a master one.

Hey Luc, a very happy xmas to you too, a little late...:D
very nice shot, excelent details,very sharp and clear,focus is spot on,wo are the colours.well done!

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-28 21:42]

Ils sont photogéniques ces petits écureuils roux, très belle définition, beau cadrage (portrait)et superbe expression de l'animal!

Belle réalisation Luc,

I must be getting old and forgetful, I thought I already commented on this one - I sure enjoyed it all right ;-))
Great capture of this cute little critter unwrapping one of his christmas presents, good sharpness, POV and DOF, nice details.

pretty boy!
great this small hands :)
thanks for share with Brasil


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