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*Red Squirrel*

*Red Squirrel*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3, SanDisk Ultra II 1GB, Hoya 62 mm UV
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-24 18:14
Viewed: 3564
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I can do squirrels, too. *g*
this furry friend i found in "my" next door
Bluecher Park, where i normally am after ducks and gulls.
unfortunately it was getting a little dark already
when i took this, so it does not reach my usual level,
but i liked its look and pose.


The red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris),
is a species of tree squirrels (genus Sciurus). Red
squirrel 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

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.

Mating can occur in late winter during February and
March and in summer between June and July. Up to two
litters a year per female are possible. Each litter
usually contains three or four young although as many
as six may be born. Gestation is about 38 to 39 days.
The young are looked after by the mother alone, and
are born helpless, blind and deaf and weigh between 10
to 15 g. Their body is covered by hair at 21 days,
their eyes and ears open after three to four weeks,
and they develop all their teeth by 42 days. The
juvenille Red Squirrel can eat solids around 40 days
following birth and from that point can leave the nest
on their own to find food, however they still suckle
from their mother until weaning occurs at eight to 10


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bonjout Thorsten,
good timing for catch this nice position, the vertical frame is great, interesting note, good work,
bravo Martin

Hi Thorsten,
A bit of a late one last night (work not fun!!). Just time for a very quick visit.
Thanks for posting, well worth a big smiley.

Sooooo süüüüüüß,
hallo Thorsten,
ich bin stets neidisch wenn ich so ein tolles Foto sehe, bei uns sind die Eichhörnchen so ängstlich, man sieht manchmal eines, aber photografieren? - Vergiß es!
Deins hier ist so putzig, vielen Dank.
Schönen Vatertag, treib's nicht so streng!
Sabine - wishnugaruda

tres bien vu,a la vitesse que se deplace les ecureuil il faut etre vif pour reussir un cliché comme celui-la.
bravo et merci.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-05-25 5:31]

Hi Thorsten,

I like the crop you made of this squirrel. The pose of this tiny animal is wonderful.


Hello Thorsten,
Very good detail, color, and exposure..
Lovely pose, great POV and I like the vertical framing (perhaps a bit less space bottom).
Very nice and TFS!

Hello thursten, Great shot , perfect details , This creature is so suprised he got cought, Nice Job, TFS Kyle

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-05-25 9:42]

Hello Thorsten,
It is a nice catch, lovely colour and you can really see the length of its tail.
Well captured.

You have really captured this little furry creature at the most oppurtunate moment for its very endearing posture, Thor.
I like the expression of curiosity and surprise on its face.
Thanks for your visit and kind remarks.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-25 17:32]

Hi Torsten
Great shot and composition. Great colours, sharpnes, details, DOF and POV.
Well done my friend


Very cute squirrel Thorsten! You captured a great moment also! Different but smart framing here. Thank you,

Sorry, points later!

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-26 14:03]

Hi Thor,
I agree, excellent look and pose :-) Detail is a bit soft but the colours are excellent, nicely composed and I like the vertical pano format a lot. Great work!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-26 21:15]

Hallo Thorsten..
huch da kann man ja sagen der haelt die Ohren steif ;-). Klasse hast den erwischt, klasse Bildschnitt und prima Details.

Hi Thorsten,
Very nice shot.
Excellent detail nad exposure.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Hallo Thorsten,
Glückwunsch, sehr schöner Schnapschuss vom Eichhörnchen. Toller Blickkontakt, sehr schöne natürlche Farben und eine gelungene Komposition. Danke, ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.
p.s. der Kölner Zoo soll in ideales Reiseziel i.S. Foto sein?

Hi Thorsten,

Great shot! I'm not used to seeing many red squirrels, so this is a real pleasure. Good use of the long vertical frame. Looks like it is about to jump, great action snapshot.

Thanks for sharing!


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