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|The Eurasian red squirrel|
THE EURASIAN RED SQUIRREL:
It is a species of tree squirrel common throughout Eurasia. The red squirrel is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent. The red squirrel has a typical head-and-body length of 19 to 23 cm (7.5 to 9 in) and a tail length of 15 to 20 cm (5.9 to 7.9 in). It is not sexually dimorphic, as males and females are the same size. It is thought that the long tail helps the squirrel to balance and steer when jumping from tree to tree and may keep the animal warm during sleep. The coat of the red squirrel varies in color with time of year and location. There are several different coat color morphs ranging from black to red. Up to two litters a year per female are possible. Each litter usually contains three or four young. Individuals may reach 7 years of age. The squirrel makes a drey (nest) out of twigs in a branch-fork, forming a domed structure about 25 to 30 cm in diameter. Tree hollows and woodpecker holes are also used. The red squirrel eats mostly the seeds of trees. Fungi, nuts, shoots, berries, and meat such as bird eggs are also eaten. Often the bark of trees is removed to allow access to sap. Excess food is put into caches and eaten when food is scarce.
This one misses the noticeable larger ear-tufts (a prominent distinguishing feature of this species) because it is a young one.
ISO1600. Light was scares as it was shot within the woods and on an overcast day.
PP work: crop to bring to the format 800x640, levels, resized for TN, sharpening to compensate for the loss of quality caused by resizing (sharpening applied to in focus areas only).
Thanks for looking,
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Sooo cute, JeanMarie, I love this moment.
You captured it so close and sharp, I can almost see the reflections inside the eye like in a mirror, thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda
- [2010-05-09 5:37]
Tu te promènes dans les bois de Vincennes...et fais de belles rencontres. Adorable petit écureuil roux, très occupé à se sustenter. J'aime bien aussi la petite lumière dans ses yeux. Dernièrement il y en a un de la même couleur qui se balançait sur un arbre en face de ma cuisine. Un nouveau venu!
Wein Poland are red squirrels but in England grey, what variety:)
Lovely capture of this busy Red Squirrel, Jean-Marie. Spectacular dept of field, brave use of very high ISO settings( obviously an appropriate choice )great sharpness end lovely colors. Good job indeed!
- [2010-05-10 3:57]
Hello Jan Marie.
Excellent closeup,liked the post.You capture it with good details.
Best regards Siggi