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The Indian Palm Squirrel for Pablo Minto

The Indian Palm Squirrel for Pablo Minto
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Copyright: Goldy RS (goldyrs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 51 N: 2913] (11497)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-13 8:52
Viewed: 3913
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Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Pablo, my friend, this shot is for you...I do hope you like it!

The Indian Palm squirrel (Funambulus pennanti),

Also known as the five-striped palm squirrel, is a native of northern India. Palm squirrels are frequently seen in and around houses in villages and small towns and may cause damage to fruit and vegetable crops.

About the size of rats with a bushy tail which is slightly shorter than their body,their back is a grizzled grey-brown colour with five conspicuous white stripes, three of which run from head to tail. The two outer stripes run from the forelegs to the hind legs only.

These squirrels are a common feature in India, especially in spring. They can seen where there are lots of trees, scurrying around the whole day. This gentleman was busy chasing away another male, a little noisily, when he stopped to check me out…before returning to protecting his turf!

Squirrel Trivia:

-The males will chase a females, as well as, chase off other suitors. This ritual of chasing, occurs through the trees at top speed. While they perform some of the most breathtaking acrobatics imaginable.
-Squirrels are usually born in the early spring. The average litter consists of four.
-A female squirrel will choose the strongest male during mating season, but is unlikely to breed with that male again. This is natures way of reducing inbreeding, and to preserve the species.
-An adult squirrel normally lives alone. But will, in severe cold, share its nest with other squirrels to conserve body heat. Once the temperature rises, the guests will be on their way.
-Squirrels chew on tree branches to sharpen and clean their teeth.
-A squirrel's brain is about the size of a walnut.
-The average adult squirrel needs to eat about a pound of food a week to maintain an active life.
-Squirrels communicate through a series of chirps.The frequency, and the duration of the notes communicate everything from laughter to alarm.
-When a squirrel senses danger, its first instinct is to stand motionless
-The squirrel's erratic path while crossing a street is an attempt to confuse the oncoming vehicle... thereby causing it to change direction. This is obliviously the squirrels biggest, and often last mistake.
-The male tree squirrel takes twice as long, as the female, to groom itself. They are the cleanest animal in the rodent family.
-A squirrels teeth grow continuously. Their incisor's will grow six inches per year, but stay short due to the constant wear they receive.
-A squirrel's eyes are always looking for predators and they rarely focus on what they are eating.

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hello Goldy
a really very good photo, clarity colours details focus lighting all very good and good enlargement and crop? perhaps the composition has a lot of trunke, but the final total is very good, bravo!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-13 9:02]

Hello Goldy,
wonderfull portrait of this nice squirrel,he have a very beautifull colours,great work,have a nice day.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-10-13 9:12]

Hello Goldy, nice presentation of this cute squirel with good details and beautiful colours.
TFS and G's,

What a lovely capture!
Great squirrel , lovely details and colors.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-10-13 9:25]

Great photo of this squirrel, congratulations!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-13 9:34]

Hello Goldy,
A fine pose on the tree trunk, taken from a great lateral POV with excellent sharpness and colours against a neutral BG make this a superb capture of an Indian Palm Squirrel. In fact this is one of the best shots that I have seen of this species!
Well done and thanks!
All the best,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-13 9:37]

Slav Goldy,
This is very nice image my friend.Excellent composition with great sharpness,colors and Pov.Very nice pose.TFS.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-10-13 10:26]

Hello Goldy
Very well capture this cute animal.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-13 10:40]

Hi Goldy,

What catch! I have not seen this species.
It is very funny, especially sports park is to be photographed.

Have a nice evening,

Hi L'il Bro Goldy,

Stunning capture of this cute fellow from lateral POV with impeccable details and fine composition. BRAVO!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-13 11:33]

Hi Goldy. This is a slim looking animal. I love the pose you have capture. With the Squirrel heading down the tree head first. taken with fine detail and such natural colours. Well taken TFS.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-10-13 11:51]

Hi Goldy!

The thumbnail does not reveal what the large picture shows: a little beauty and delightful colours. I'm glad to discover this cute squirrel and I find your notes very interesting.

Kind regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-10-13 14:05]

Waaw Goldy,i think isn't easy to take a squirrel if yours are so quick like mines..ehhe....very very nice point of view,beautiful composition and impressive sherpness and colors.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

Hi Goldy,

Lovely macro capture of the Indian Squirrel with great details!
I like the great contrast between the colors of the BG and the squirrel. The blurry BG enhances the beauty of the shot.
The sharpness and POV are perfect.
Great composition!

best regards,

Hi Goldy... :)

Well seen and captured image. I love the pose. Detail and exposure is great. TFS. Hope all is well with you and yours. :)


Hi Brother Goldy.
Very pretty squirel..Excellent picture with great pose and sharpness perfect..
Take care.

Hello Goldy, my dear friend
this is really great shot. perfect timing and capture. eyes contact and sharp focus wonderful. I like especially POV. nicely composed and framed. thanks for sharing this beauty.
best wishes MF

hello Goldy

an excellent photo of the Indian Palm Squirrel
camouflaged with his environment, shot with
fine POV and appropriate framing, fine focus
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-10-13 21:38]

Hi Goldy,
Wonderful shot of this squirrel in this up-side down pose. Very neat and sharp image with perfect POV and DOF. Excellent composition and a fine dedication. Kudos.

Hello Goldy,

Thanks for the dedication!

This little critter is simply fabulous, and showing some of the same behaviour as the distant cousins, the red squirrels around my place!
This is an amazing pose, showing that these animals are real artists up in the trees, palm pine or whatever hahaha!

Pablo -

Hello Goldy,
what a wonderful capture of the Indian Palm squirrel taken from an ideal POV with very good sharpness and splendid colours, a very pleasing composition with a marvellous BG.
Best regards

Ciao Goldy. Geeat capture for this squirrel in dymamic pose. Good compo with amazing light and rght details.


Ciao Goldy, great capture of lovely squirrel in splendid sction, superb sharpness and fantastic blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio
PS see my today post:)

Hello Goldy,

This a great capture with beautiful natural coloration, sharpness & details. Lovely POV, pose & BG.

Well done & TFS.



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-14 8:50]

Hello Goldy,
Great photo in a perfect timing. Very nice composition, excellent sharp details, POV and beautiful natural colours. Nice OOF BG.
TFS and regards,

Hello my friend Goldy,

another good picture from you with very nice pov.
This animal are cute.
Exellent details and fine colours.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-10-14 13:31]

Hola Goldy,
brillante captura,
simpatico trabajo y pov.
buen foco.

VERY good to see all folks coming back together...and for you a classic pose of this animal....very clear, well coloured...very nice distance to shoot from without losing detail yet retaining a creative appearance as well!

bonjour Goldy
Qu'il est adorable, ce petit écureuil à rayures, jadore sa pose le long de ce tronc d'arbre, les details sont superbes et les couleurs lumineuses,
très beau BG
Passe une bone nuit

Hi Goldy,

The subject is well framed. The close-up view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the Indian Palm Squirrel on the tree. It is clear and sharp. The morning light has a good effect on the colors. have a nice day.


Hi brother Goldy
Super photography with this lovely squirel.. great composition.
Best regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-10-15 7:19]

Hi Goldy,
lovely squirrel in excellent pose.
This is a lively pose with the background so exciting.
i like the texture very much. So pleasant and attractive.


Hello Goldy,
You have posted lovely picture of a small mammal.
Picture is with great clarity and excellent composition.
The moment captured is very eye catching.
Excellent work.
Greetings and regards

Un forzado encuadre pero de gran plasticidad y originalidad. Las tonalidades son preciosas.

Kodiang 2009

Hi Goldy: Beautiful framing of this squirrel with the head up. Sharp focus and the depth is beautifully shallow. Fine details and thanks for sharing. Regards.

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