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Northern palm squirrel

Northern palm squirrel
Photo Information
Copyright: Pushkar Mitra (auroco) Silver Note Writer [C: 7 W: 2 N: 50] (319)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-07-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: SONY Cybershot DSC HX400V
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-12 8:18
Viewed: 1460
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The northern palm squirrel (Funambulus pennantii) also called the five-striped palm squirrel is a species of rodent in the Sciuridae family.
It is found in the Andaman Islands, Nicobar Islands (where it is introduced), India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran. In India, it is fairly common in urban areas, even in large cities such as Delhi and Kolkata.

Squirrels are considered sacred in India and are not to be harmed. They are even fed by many Hindu families. This is mainly because of their association with Lord Rama.

An interesting legend explains the stripes on the back of most of the squirrels. During the construction of the Rama Setu (bridge) at Rameswaram by Lord Rama and the Vanara Sena, a little squirrel also contributed in its own little way. It rolled in the beach sand and then ran to the end of the bridge to shake off the sand from its back (chanting Lord Rama's name all along).

Lord Rama, pleased by the creature's dedication, caressed the squirrel's back and ever since, the Indian squirrel carried white stripes on its back, which are believed to be the mark of Lord Rama's fingers.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Pushkar,
Beautiful composition, even a rulebreaker one, because the model looks out of the frame than inside, but the photo itself is harmonic to the viewer. Absolutely excellent crop! The reason why I give 1 point is the overexposion. Colors of the squirrel (and of the branch) are washed out, some bright parts were blowing into the pic, while the background's too noisy, not smooth enough. What a pity, because, as mentioned, the composition is second to none! Well, probably next time the exposure will be satisfying, too. Good luck!
Best regards from Ireland, László

Hello Pushkar,
Nice photo taken from a very good POV in excellent sharpness and a fine composition. But the whites are a bit overexposed and the background noisy. The catch light in the eye is splendid.

Hello Pushkar-Darun chobi.Tobe prothom comment-ta valo vabe poro.Oi member amake TN-a join kora theke vul sudhre dichhe.Valo gyan ache!R onar kotha gulo mene chobi tulo.Amakeo aaj kichu vul dekhie dieche.Nice picture with beautiful POV.Thanks for sharing.Regards and have a nice WE-Srikumar

nice palm squirrel, greetings Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
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Hi Pushkar,very nice face to face with this beautiful squirrel,i like the decentralized composition and the excellent detail and colors,not easy! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi Pushkar, Lovely Northern Palm squirrel and it has a nice grey color coat which is so different to what i see in Quebec. Great details and clarity along with good DOF. Best regards

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