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Curious Squirrel

Curious Squirrel
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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikon 500mm AF-S F4.0, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-02 5:15
Viewed: 5243
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
First I do want to thank each and everyone for viewing and there very kind words on my previous uploads. Much appreciated.

This shot of a red squirrel was taken while I was in a hide at the woods near Flatanger in Norway. I know it's pity the tail is cut of, but I hope you like it anyway :)


From Wikipedia

The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) is a species of tree squirrels (genus Sciurus). Red squirrels are tree-dwelling omnivorous rodents that are frequently found throughout Eurasia. In Britain, however, numbers have decreased drastically due to the introduction of the eastern grey squirrel from North America.

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.

Thanks for viewing and critiques.
Warm regards and have a great weekend, Harry

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Very cute squirrel shot. Nice contrast between foreground and background. Amazing ears on that creature.

bonjour harry
un piqué extraordinaire sur cette photo que je vais garder dans mes favorites.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-02 5:38]

Hello Harry,
That's a great capture of the red Squirrel in a very charming pose. Excellent DOF, great sharpness and nice colours. I like the soft background too in this lovely composition.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hi Harry.
Wow, an absolutly stunning image. Look at the way he is hanging on with those feet. Composition, sharpness, detail, colour, DOF, all spot on. The ears are amazing, you can see all the hairs on them, face, whiskers, just stunning.
The tail does not really worry me cut off because it is falling out of focus into the background and most important out the left corner of the image.

One more time, WOW.
New Zealand

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-02 6:07]

Hi Harry

Superb shot of the Red Squirrel, nicely composed shot with a great pose, I think Squirrels are some of the best posers in the Animal World, very nice detail and perfectly saturated colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-02 7:08]

Hello Harry,
Yes the guilliotined tail is the only nit in this otherwise superb capture of a Red Squirrel. Everything else is first class, the sharpness, BG, lighting and composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Harry
At first I want to tell you that the composition is perfect. I like your photo very much. Great sharpnes and OOF buckground and interesting note.

I am waiting for more
Best wishes

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-02 8:01]

Hi Harry,

Een schitterende opname,mooi zacht licht en de klearen zijn goed,inderdaad wat jammer van de staart maar alom een mooi plaatje,groetjes


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  • Cori Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 18] (78)
  • [2007-06-02 8:04]

Love those ears!!!!!! Like your composition and eye-contact.

Hi Harry
Apart from the tail this is really perfect: sharpness, colours, BG and compo.

HI Harry,
a fine picture of the red squirrel.
Very good detailas, nice POV and lovely colours.
Agree with Ivan about the tail.
Well done.

Great photo. The focus is sharp throughout and the pose couldn't be better. Didn't notice the tail until you mentioned it, but that is the only nit with the photo. Nice.

Hello Harry,
Lovely portrait of squirrel, beautifull colors
and very sharp,it look like you can take a Xr with that lenses, well done TFS best regards/Lawhill

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-06-03 3:35]

"Oh what big ears you have!"
Oh, it's a squirrel! And a cute one at that!
It looks so strange to me, since our squirrels have very short ears.
A very sharp image in a fantastic composition.
I love the way it is holding on to the ends of the wood.
Since your image does not show the ground, it gives off the illusion that he is hanging on for dear life at a high and perilous altitude.
TFS. : )

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-03 8:44]

Hello Harry
A very nice shot ofthe curious squirrel .It does seem to be looking at some point, probably searching for the origin of some noise nearby.Those pricked up ears are a great capture.
Nice posture and PoV rendering a beautiful composition.
TFS & Cheers

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-03 10:35]

Hi Harry,
What a cute pose :o) Colors, contrast, sharpness and focus is very nice. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • ys2 (155)
  • [2007-06-03 14:59]

Dear Harry;

Good catch of moment and composition of Squirrel. But colours are over saturated. And photo contains blurred parts, especially at ears. Tail cropped unaesthetically.

Regards, Have a nice day

voici une parfaite présentation, tres bonne posture de l' animal, belle couleurs tres nettes
bon travail, merci amitiès

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-03 17:08]

Mooie opname, wat een scherpte van de vacht zeg, en mooie details. Goed werk!
Groet Reina

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-04 6:52]

Hi Harry, beautiful composition of this Squirrel. Perfect in every way. Excellent focus, exposure, pov and dof. Lovely pose from the Squirrel!

Hi Harry
Another professional image (I hate words like amateur, professional and so on...); just want to mention this is great photography!
A minor nit is the tail being cut off through the edges at the left bottom corner. I wonder if you agree?
Congrats though!

Ha Harry,

dit is ook weer zo´n plaatje waar ik niets over weet te zeggen
het enige dat er aan scheelt vertel je zelf al
voor de rest is deze plaat PERFECT

TFS Thijs

Hallo Harry
What a fine shot. This is really a beautiful image with lots of detail to appreciate. The ears standing up straight in the air is super special. The clarity of the nails on the paws, the long whiskers, the big eyes and not to forget to mention that thick furry tail is just great. The branch on which you have captured it on adds speciality to this already fine image. I enjoyed looking at this one. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards

Superbe frimousse en pleine surprise. La posture de l'écureil sur cette branche est extra ... bien mise en valeur par cette profondeur de champ.
J'adore !

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