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Black Squirrel

Black Squirrel
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Copyright: Ron Warner (tuslaw) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-04-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 5D Mark11
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-26 20:16
Viewed: 1349
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can still remember the first time I saw a Black Squirrel in the wild. I was hiking in Pennsylvania and saw what I thought was a very dark colored mink until it jumped onto the side of a tree, I then realized it was a squirrel.

Black Squirrels are actually a melanistic subgroup of the eastern gray squirrel. They are quite common in Ohio and can be found living side by side with Gray Squirrels as well as the larger Fox Squirrel.

Rosie and I decided to head up to the Sand Run Metro Park today and see what types of wildlife we could view. We spotted this cute little squirrel enjoying the warm sunshine as it clung to the side of a tree.

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Hello Ron

Excellent photo of this squirrel in his
climbing tree pose, fine POV and appropriate
vertical framing, the beautiful light helped
to obtain details of its black fur, here with
the squirrel all black, the catch-light is
rendering the photo even more beautiful, TFS



Ciao Ron, great capture of cute creature in nice pose, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my frend, ciao Silvio

Great use of the flash with good rendering of the black colour. Sharp animal and nice blurred background.
I did not know there were melanistic gray squirrels. Interesting mutation which seems to be persisting in the population. Maybe a selective advantage against predation?

Hello Mr.Ron,
I haven't seen such Black Squirrel.Nice to see this species.Well captured and well framed.Nice colour and sharpness with splendid light.Catching light on eye made it attractive.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

An adorable Black Squirrel I have seen for the first time, Ron.
Superb capture with the subject clinging to a tree trunk. Squirrels world over like this stance, I guess. I have captured Indian Palm Squirrel in that posture quite a few times.
The light conditions were just ideal for this shot and that catch-light in the eye looks beautiful.

a real beauty, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-04-27 12:09]

Hi Ron,great capture of this rare squirrel,a complete view on this magnificent mammal made with fine detail everywhere and in the best exposure too to take the best of its black fur,very well done! Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2014-04-28 0:25]

Hello Ron,
Great POV ! Managed wonderful to have so many details and clarity on a solid black subject ! TFS Tina

Bonjour Ron,
C'est le premier que je vois de cette couleur ; merci pour le partage.
Belle lumière et bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ron,

Hope you are well and the entire family is doing fine. I am grateful for your support, Ron and here I am with, a late visit to this photo to thank you in person, smile.
Excellent note which accompanies this excellent shot and let me add to what Ram has said, that I have never seen this rodent before so a great contribution, man!
The focus once again is excellent, the subject appears superb in the flash light, wonderful catch-light and the furry cute squirrel a great contribution to TN, TFS, take care,

warm regards/Abid

* hope Rosie is doing fine too....my humble regards to you all

Have always loved the tails of these critters. The tails get all fluffy when they get angry. That's when they become HANDSOMELY ...
A lovely presentation.
By the way I used your Junco, via a link, for the TN world to note YOUR GREAT PIECE OF PHOTOGRAPHY WORK.
Best and most kind regards,

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