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Copyright: Babak hendizadeh (timonejoon) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 45 N: 224] (762)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-26
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 30D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super, Sigma UV
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-01 20:34
Viewed: 4143
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi my freinds

I took this shot with using a nut. He first stand like this and thinking and waiting like a very polite gentleman, then coming and take the nut. unfortunatly he move so fast toward me that with this lend i can`t focous corectly. but one is nice, here is the result.
As i know many information is exist about this mammal, so i just writte about their diet. Hope evry bofy like it.

(From Wikipedia)
Diet and feeding behavior:
One well-known trait of some species of squirrel is the gathering and storing of nuts for the winter. These squirrels are scatter-hoarders, i.e. they will gather nuts and store them in any accessible hiding place, usually by burying them. Recent research shows that they have excellent memories for the locations of these caches. Another characteristic trait of several types of squirrels, especially ground squirrels, is their tendency to rise on their hind legs and curl their paws flat against their chests when they sense any kind of danger. They will then survey their surrounding territories. If they feel that they are in peril, they will often send the warning call, a loud screeching sound, to alert other squirrels. Then there is a mad rush to the burrow.

Unlike rabbits or deer, squirrels cannot digest cellulose, and must rely on foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels, as buried nuts begin to sprout and are no longer available, but new food sources have not become available yet. During these times squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees, in particular, those of the Silver Maple. Despite the popular impression, squirrels are actually omnivores; as well as eating a wide variety of plant food, including nuts, seeds, fruits, fungi (for example, mushrooms), and green vegetation, they also eat insects, eggs, and even small birds, smaller mammals, and frogs. It is also a common occurrence that these foods replace nuts in some of the tropics. There has even been a report of squirrels eating dogs.

Squirrels are generally clever and persistent animals; in residential neighborhoods they are notorious for eating out of bird feeders, digging in potted plants either to bury or recover seeds, and for setting up house in sheltered areas including attics. While many companies sell bird feeders which are supposedly "squirrel-proof", most of them in fact are not.

A squirrel eating a nutSquirrels are sometimes also pests because they chew on various edible and inedible objects; the habit helps keep the squirrel's teeth sharp and also wears them down (many rodents' teeth grow continuously). Homeowners in areas with a heavy squirrel population must keep attics and basements carefully sealed to prevent property damage caused by nesting squirrels.

scottevers7, lovenature, loot, wallhalla15, hekcik, TAZ, eruyanik, liziafa, wishnugaruda, thistle has marked this note useful
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  • Great 
  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-06-01 20:49]

Hi Babak
Looks like he forgat what to do. Great colours, POV, sharpnes, details, DOF, light and BG. Also good note.
Well done


Hi Babak,
A very nice shot on this Grey Squirrel. I really like the pose. The vast expanse of open green grass really makes this look great.

Such a polite little squirrel. He looks like a Butler ready to take your coat and hat. Nice closeup dispite being a bit out of focus. I know how fast these little guys can be. Janice

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-06-01 22:53]

Hi Babak
Great effort and I am surely one of the bofy's that like it. It looks like he is preparing to give a speech. Maybe he wanted to say that you must move away a little bit so that he can get to the nut as he did not trust the Canon in your hand.
Very cute shot and pose. The BG is great complimenting the squirrel, the colours are stunning, and the exposure was well done.
Nice work and TFS.

Cute shot, She seems a bit worried, maybe Mr.Squirrel is working late trying to break in the new secretary. A little soft, but still a great shot. :)

Very cute. Superb technique to get the sharp image. Excellent exposure!
Just wondering if a horizontal format could have helped improving the shot with more grass rather than the dark farground.

Hello Babak,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hello Babak,
Excellent DOF, isolating your subject in the frame nicely. Very good POV, detail, color and exposure. Interesting composition, I like it.
Very nice, Thank You!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-02 7:52]

Hello babak,
ahh those nuts are a great lure for those critters. Takes a bit to think a bout and you captured that uncertainty very well. Excelent pose, great POV. Good sharpness and excellent colors.
Very well done....TFS..Sky

jolie pose de ce petit ecureuil,il ressort bien sur le vert du sol et le BG est reussi.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-04 2:37]

For a nut we become a nice gentleman :-) Composition, pose, exposure, colors, DOF and sharpness are very good ! I also appreciate the complementary note...
Congratulations Babak and thanks for sharing.

Hi Babak,

Very nice shot - very funny :-)
Very good composition.
Well seen and well done!

TFS :-)

Hello Babak!
Cute squirrel! I like the low pov a lot! Wonderful bg! It's pose great also with hands together! It seems your nuts did his job! and you did yourself too! Congratulations!

Hi Babak,
I missed this shot - soooooo cute, I love your nice friend, what a lovely moment, thanks for sharing, you put a big smile on my face
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Lovely shot! The squirrel is a bittle soft in focus as you said, but still the picture looks good. Especially because of it's fresh green colours and great clearness.
PS. Sorry, I didn't reply on your question in critique to my picture. I have problems with my hands because I have lots of typing lately and I'm not used to it. I overdone last week and couldn't move fingers of my right hand. Now it's a bit better.
Best regards,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-10-13 14:30]

I'ts a beauty shot Babak , great colours bg pose ,with his pootjes , good sharpnes framing i like it , Greetings Teunie .

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