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Breakfast Time
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-02 0:10
Viewed: 3804
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Today morning, a small Hummingbird like little bird with shiny dark blue plumage stopped on a tree in front of my house for a few moments. I knew it would fly away soon, so I rigged my camera with 70-300mm and took four hand-held shots before the bird flew away.
Finding them not up to the mark, I erased them from the camera.
On an impulse, I decided to have another go at the Indian Striped Squirrels that keep on scampering around in the small park in front of my house. I found one perched on the cut off branch of a tree and nibbling at something. It was so busy eating it did not notice me as I sneaked closer. With the lens in macro mode, I took two shots of it. Today I am posting one of them.

Common Name: Three-striped Palm Squirrel
Scientific Name: Funambulus palmarum
Distribution: Throughout India

In Religion and Mythology

Squirrels are considered sacred in India and are not to be harmed. They are even fed by many Hindu families. This is mainly because of their association with Lord Rama.

An interesting legend explains the stripes on the back of most of the squirrels. During the construction of the Adi sethu (bridge) at Rameswaram by Lord Rama and the vanara sena (army of monkeys), a little squirrel also contributed in its own little way. It rolled in the beach sand and then ran to the end of the sethu to shake off the sand from its back (chanting Lord Rama's name all along).

Lord Rama, pleased by the creature's dedication, caressed the squirrel's back and ever since, the Indian squirrel carries white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord Rama's fingers.



pablominto, Jamesp, blakitan, rkailas, jcoowanitwong, matatur, uleko, jaycee, fiyo, Alex99, Ena, rcrick, nirmalroberts, horia has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram,
A lovely little critter in a fine typical pose!
Super details, the fur coat comes out very well with focus on the big black eye...
Maybe the excellent composition leaves most impact, often disregarded in this kind of photography!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-02 0:24]

Hi Neighbour,

A nice and cute capture,shot with good light (something what is missing the last days overher,well composed and tfs


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-02 0:35]

Hi Ram

You have caught this little fellow in the perfect pose. Likewise the eye contact and colours are both excellent. Thanks for sharing this one, my friend.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-02-02 0:42]

Hola Ram,
hermosa captura,
detalles, buenos colores y pov,
excelente bg...

Hi Ram,

Very nicely captured. Superbly focused. Sharp. Neat blurry BG.
Great shot!

Ben Lakitan

Hi Ram

This is a great potrait of this common urban squirell. The subtle lighting and soft focus is very pleasing. The pose is classic and the BG is nicely OOF and contrasts well.

TFS and Best

Hello Ram,
You had a perfect moment to have this speedy squirrel steady for a few shots. This picture is very nice. The soft background stands out the squirrel. Very well done.

Merhabalar Ram,
You've taken a sharp bend from your usual subjects my friend, and now presenting us with a very cute Indian Squirrel in the midst of a lunch! In doing so, you've achieved great sharpness and detail from an ideal viewpoint over a nicely OOF but colorful BG. Thank you for sharing this beautiful composition with us, amigo.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-02 2:52]

Hello Ram,
Very beautiful photo of this Squirrel in a fine pose. Excellent sharpness and details. Great natural colours and a fantastic composition.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-02 3:43]

Hi Ram,
lovely squirrel :) nice capture with great focus and beautiful colors!
great pose,
regards, Dejan

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-02 4:25]

Hi Ram,
beautiful image of this Squirrel.
It is very well composed and I like the POV.
Great sharpness and detail.
Nice colours.
Excellent work my friend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-02 5:13]

Hello Ram,
Splendid sharp capture of this little Squirrel in profile. I like the way it is perching and the fine soft background. Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours of its fur. Well done!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

hello Mr Thakur,
squirrels are difficult to shoot and you got this one nicely, i liked the pose and the eye contact, the shot has been composed well, suitable pov,
tfs & regards

nice little creature, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-02 8:42]

Hi Ram,

I loved watching these cute squirrels the one time I was in India. This one is adorable and in a lovely pose with the food in his hands. Beautiful natural colors and good details. I can't get over the little feet with the five toes!! A beautiful background and a lovely composition.


Hello Ram,

No time, just marking today.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-02-02 8:47]

Impressive shot,Ram!
Colors,sharpness and details are great!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-02 9:04]

Hi Ram.
Simply amazing scene and superb quality of the picture. Subject is sweet. POV is brilliant as ell as the brilliant are framing and composition. I am impressed with beautifulness of the BG and details/sharpness of the trunk and animal. Bravo.

Salut Ram
Très joli portrait de ce bel écureuil qui semble prendre la pose pour toi
La composition,les couleurs ainsi que les détails tout est joli.
Merci et au revoir...JP

My image of the day so far, Ram. And it is actually my last smiley or almost...
Very sharp, very good light, good composition, excellent tonal curve, POV and DOF are no problem at all,...
Awesome animal..

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2008-02-02 16:41]

HI Ram,great pic take in a decisive moment,wonderfull light and sharpness,thanks for share,Luciano

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-02 16:48]

Hi Ram,
Beautiful shot!
Good sharpness, composition and details!

Hi Ram,
What can I say just perfect, stunning detail, beautiful colours, Pov is excellent, great eye catch, really nice work all the best Cheers Rick :)

Hi Ram, lovely little creature in nice pose with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Ram,
Very nice. TFS.
- Nirmal

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-05 3:33]

Hi Ram

Nice to see you again...you're right: it's been some time :)
This is a lovely shot, my friend, one in which you captured the superb classic pose of this cute squirrel :)
The details here are very nice and sharp - especially considering the not very short shutter speed - while the shallow DOF isolated the subject very nicely from the BG.
Good colors and exposure and a lovely composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Jolie attitude pour ce charmant mammifère.
Bonne journée.

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