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A squirrel and his meal

A squirrel and his meal
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/360 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-28 19:37
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Red Squirrel
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

General Description

By Gustave J. Yaki

The Red Squirrel is basically a tree-dweller, ranging widely across Canada. In Calgary, they are mainly found in coniferous woods along our river valleys -- although a few can be found in residential areas that are well-treed with conifers. More readily heard than seen, they often scold trespassers, whether members of their own species or humans, passing by. They usually sit and chastise us from a horizontal branch 3-6 metres above ground, their bushy tail held upright against their back. Their reddish-brown fur readily distinguishes them from the larger Eastern Gray Squirrel introduced to Calgary in the late 1930s.

Unlike ground squirrels which hibernate, Red Squirrels are active throughout the entire year. During autumn, each is provident by cutting off and gathering many thousands of conifer tree cones, often while still green, which are stored in great mounds above, or sometimes below, ground, as a winter food supply. Also gathered are mushrooms and tree fruit (apples, etc.), which they dry by stashing in trees until dehydrated and ready for storage. Before winter sets in, they fill a tree cavity or an old magpie or other birds nest with shredded bark and other fine, soft, insulating material for their sleeping quarters. Some may use underground shelters, often amongst the massive midden heaps of the scales of the White Spruce or Douglas-firs cones that they have shucked off to get at the nutritious seeds. To get to their food source, they readily tunnel through the snow.

Red Squirrels mate in early spring, producing two to seven naked, blind helpless young some 35 to 38 days later. They normally mate again in late June with a second brood born by early August. The first brood is usually reared in a tree cavity. The second one is often raised in a drey (a leafy collection of green twigs, which provides a more air-conditioned site). The eyes of the young open by the time they are five weeks of age. They are weaned at seven to eight weeks and feed away from their birth-shelter at ten weeks, dispersing at about 18 weeks. They are sexually mature by the following spring. Few survive for more than two years, but the odd one may reach nine years in the wild and ten in captivity. A major predator is the Marten, a member of the Weasel Family. It seldom reaches Calgary. These agile, lightning-fast mammals pursue the Red Squirrels through the trees, at least in the foothills and northern Alberta forests. Coyotes, Red Fox and Lynx manage to catch a few. Others succumb to the hunting prowess of Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owls.

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Very nice JP. I would almost be inclined however to get the camera down more to the squirrel's height and get a more horizontal shot.

This is super Jean Paul! I like your little friend with that great red tail. You managed good exposure on all that white. Sharpness and saturation are good.

Evelynn : )

hi jeanpaul,
nice capture of this cute squirrel,
its busy having some food,
the ice in the bg looks nice,
lovely natural colour tones,
nice point of view,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-28 22:05]

Hello Jeanpaul

A nice little friend you have found there.Very good focus with nice colour saturation.He is very cute.Nice catch light,and very good detail in the fur.TFS


Hi JeanPaul

Thank you for this lovely shot! The subject is simply adorable! The image itself is well composed and has clear sharp details. The exposure is spot on. Nice camera work. TFS.

Hi dear jeanpaul ,
excellent image.
great colors and excellent sharpness.
well composition.
thanks and regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-28 23:48]

Bonsoir Jean Paul.
What a busy little squirrel you have captured here.
I really like his rich warm colors contrasted against the snow.
Very sharp details and excellent exposure with the snow.
Good POV showing the action.
Merci pour le partage. : )

Amazing squirrel. Excellent composition and coloured presentation. Very well done. tfs. Stev

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-01-29 3:13]

HI JP, the snow certainly makes the squirrel stand out. The colors of his fur are emphasised by the whiteness, and he looks so sharp and clear.

Hello Jeanpaul,
Cute little red squirrel. Well captured in natural behavior. Great color contrast and exposure. Razor sharp picture. Very well done and tfs.

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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
  • [2007-01-29 5:22]

HI Jean,
Nice pose & composition, love the way the light caught his tail, it glows.
BAdruddin Ali

Aloo Jean-Paul,
Jeme demande toujours pourquoi je ne vois pas ces écureuil rouge dans ma région. Je trouve qu'il sont tellement beaux. Tu as capté d'excellents détails dans une prise de vue intéressante. L'exposition est très bonne ainsi que les couleurs. Bravo!

Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Ce petit ecureuil est si mignon, et vous l'avez capturé au bon moment, alors qu'il est en train de manger ses graines. J'adore sa pose si typique. Excellent détails, belles couleurs, et joli contraste entre la neige froide et la fourrure aux couleurs chaudes. Félicitations !

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-29 6:48]

Hi Jean Paul.
I like your small sweet squirrel and how you have pictured it. The reproduction of its hair, texture and colours are really prefect. You have controlled lighting and exposure very well. The images of animal and snow are excellent. My compliments and TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-29 6:57]

salut Jean Paul,
excellente image et note très drôle, c'est un très bon résumé :)
Etonnant comme point de vue, pour une fois c'est l'homme qui était dans l'arbre ?


Hello JP,

Excllent colors BG POV DOF perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent use of light great shot

TFS Kyle

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-29 9:24]

WONDERFUL!! What a pretty lovely escene!!
Excellent sharpness, color, pov and composition, and really beautiful presentation also.
Excellent note.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-29 10:45]

Hi JeanPaul,
Very nice capture of this squirrel looking for hand outs. The color, clarity and composition are good.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-01-29 11:40]

En voilà un qui a retrouvé ses réserves !
Bonne journée.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-29 11:53]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Another picture that should be an illustration in a book. Absolutely adorable and well done. I love the pose and the red tail against the white snow.


bonjour jean paul,
cela change de tes piaf mais l'on ne pert pas au change très beau petit écureuil belle couleurs et netteté bravo


bonjour JP
excellente la note,pour ce qui est de manger de l'ecureuil!les anglais continuerons a dire de nous que nous sommes bizards de manger des cuisses de grenouille!!
portrait magnifique.jolies couleurs.bravo.
pour ce qui est des cormorans ils restent tres distants.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-29 14:37]

Jean-Paul, I have never seen one of them.

The picture is great, with an excellent exposure.

I enjoy contrast too.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-29 15:11]

Bello punto de vista JP para captar tan simpática ardilla con agudeza, foco e intensos colores, realzados por el contraste sobre la nieve.
Me gustan los detalles marcados de su pelaje, cola y patas, donde pueden apreciarse los dedos y uñas perfectamente.
Un apropiado encuadre y un sobrio marco completan otra interesante entrega.
Gracias y hasta la próxima... Ricardo

Beautiful point of view JP to capture so likeable squirrel with sharpness, focus and intense colors, enhanced by the contrast on the snow.
I like the marked details of their coat, tail and paws, where the fingers and fingernails can be appreciated perfectly.
An appropriate framing and a sober frame complete another interesting post.
Thank you and until the next one... Ricardo

Hi jeanpaul;very nice Red Squirrel,good sharpen,good frame-shot,regards...

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-29 17:03]

ahh that is just adorable, ok I have a weakness for cute red squirrels :)

Wonderfully sharp and just perfect exposure



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  • lgfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 194 W: 13 N: 279] (1536)
  • [2007-01-29 17:29]

Unbelievable shot Jeanpaul, it is like posing for you, light is great and the result is beautifull. TFS

Hello Jean Paul!
This is a very nice and funny picture of very sympathic mammal :) I like a lot its composition, pose of squirrel, and the contrast between animal and snow.
Best greetings,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-31 4:26]

Bella captura Jeanpaul, una escena muy simpática, los detalles y la compo. genial
muchos saludos

Bonjour Jean-Paul
Toujours j'aime voir des photos d'écureils, il sont tellement sympathiques... j'aime comme il mange "seeds" et comme ilsles sostien avec la main. Un bon rapprochement. Le fonds avec neige ne distrait absolument. Amitiés

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-03 11:02]

Hi Jeanpaul!
Amazing photo, it's so cute, and the shot is perfect!

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2007-02-03 15:28]

splendide écureuil
belles couleurs et belle netteté


Bonsoir Jean-Paul :)
C'est tout simplement splendide ! Tu es un artiste, tout est parfait et de très bon goût, j'adore.

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  • tyu (42)
  • [2007-02-06 9:00]

Hi JP very cute image and as well high quality shot it is superb bye Shimon

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  • cricri (8)
  • [2007-02-12 7:08]
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Bonjour Jean Paul,
trop mignonne cette image, de jolies couleurs sur un fond blanc de neige, une scéne adorable
compliment pour votre galerie

Hello Jeanpaul.

Excellent picture, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hello JP,
I never get tired of looking at squirrels!
Notable differences for the different species, as this one has smaller ears and a less bushy tail...
Subject is well framed, with fine natural colours and sharp fine details!
Pablo -

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une belle image de cet écureuil roux qui mange son repas, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de jolies couleurs. Bonne journée.


Bonjour Jeanpaul,
C'est avec beaucoup de plaisir que je découvre ton impresionnante galerie à l'occasion de ta visite sur la mienne et plus particulièrement cet image dans laquelle l'écureuil ne semble pas se préoccuper de son environnement mais seulement jouir de l'instant présent.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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