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Red squirrel

Red squirrel
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-04-29
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-04-30 5:08
Viewed: 1969
Points: 20
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Red Squirrel
Ecureuil roux

Family: Sciuridae
Distribution: Eurasia
Length: 15-20cm
Weight: 200-400gr

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 and 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. Juvenile red squirrels 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 8 to 10 weeks. (Wikipedia)

I was surprised t see this cute squirrel just very close to me and had to react quickly not to miss it.
In have taken the picture in a wild and protected area where these animals are very shy.

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Hi Anne,

What a sweat scene with great details and color.



bonsoir Anne
une capture d'un annimal sympathique, c'est bien fait.
Détails agréables sur la tête avec le noisette.
Bon W-E

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2016-04-30 8:39]

Salut Anne,hereux de te voir encore ici apres longtemps! J'espere qu'elle soit la 1ere de une longue serie cette image..eeehhe...capture parfaite,il a trouve' quelque chose a manger,et ta capture le montre nous dans une nettete' super malgre' la difficile lumiere,tres bien fait! Belle soiree' et merci,Luciano

Bonjour Anne,
A true beauty this long haired Red Squirrel. You captured the critter perfectly in such a quick decision. We have two species here, the Pine and the obnoxious but very acrobatic Gray Squirrels. The Pines do not jump 5 feet straight up to grasp the bird feeders and choose to eat everything in them as do the Grays. One day last spring I was standing on the deck taking pics of the birds when I felt something touch the top of my foot, and when I looked down I was stunned as a baby Pine had placed his foot on top of my own so I would not step on him or her as it was eating the nuts that had fallen from the feeders. I see the Pine every day as I do the 27 types of birds we have visit. I can ship you a few Grays for No Charge if you wish…(:-)

Adorable capture of this cure Squirrel carrying a nut, Anne.
That catch-light in the eye makes it so very natural.
Happy to see your work after a fairly long time.

Ciao Anne, great capture of sweet creature, lovely composition, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-05-01 17:52]

Hello Anne,
A wonderful shot of this very attractive Red Squirrel with a nut in it's mouth. They have such soft looking fur and the color is quite beautiful. I love their long pointed ear tuffs, this is something the squirrels around here lack. The catchlight in it's eye always makes a big difference and is a real bonus.

Liebe Anne,
erfrischend lebendiges Portrait dieses nicht immer scheuen, immer aber sehr flinken Baumbewohners, der es bei meinen Annäherungsversuchen immer verstanden hat, rasch auf die Kehrseite des Baumstammes zu verschwinden.
Lustig, seine Äuglein so lebensfroh funkeln zu sehen, voll Vorfreude auf die fette Nuss in seinem Mäulchen. Du verstehst es so prima, kleine Geschichten zu sehen und einzufangen, die uns die Abgebildeten als uns ganz nahestehende Geschöpfe ans Herz legen. Bei Menschen ohnedies - wo dieses Talent von Dir besonders zur Entfaltung kommt - und - wie auf dieser Seite oft zu sehen - auch bei Tieren.
Dass dieses Eichhörnchen von der Fotografin nicht verlangt, dass sie sich fürs Foto bücken muss, sehe ich als Zeichen seiner Höflichkeit. Ein echter Kavalier, dieses Hörnchen, belohnt mit Nuss und sehr gelungenem Portrait, an dem wir alle große Freude haben.
Und jetzt hol' ich mir auch eine Walnuss, Du hast mir Appetit gemacht.
Ganz herzliche Grüsse aus dem verregneten Wien nach Bern,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2016-05-05 11:32]

Welcome back. Anne!

A beautiful photo indeed! A lovely subject, great details and fine colors, and, above all, the pose of the little critter!



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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2016-05-12 9:28]

Salut Anne,
An excellent capture ..
Excellent composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness.
Best wishes,

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