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The curious
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Copyright: Maite SRivero (Maite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Alex99 favorite shots [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-05 13:19
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Atlantoxerus getulus
Barbary Ground Squirrel

This particular species of squirrel was first named in Africa by C. Linnaeus in 1758. By 1978, the squirrel’s location was restricted to the Barbary Coast in Northwest Africa (Corbet 1978). This is the only species of squirrel that is located north of the Sahara Desert in Africa.

The Barbary Ground Squirrel has been observed to occupy mostly rocky environments (Nowak 1999), where it creates burrows in the ground or possible dens within crevices of large rocks. Activity outside the burrow or den is limited to early morning and late afternoon due to high temperatures during the height of the day. One characteristic of these ground squirrels that distinguishes them from many other species of squirrel is their apparent food preference. The large, olive-like fruit and seeds of the Argan tree in Morocco is a primary source of food for these squirrels. Colonies of multiple groups or families of the squirrels are evident in areas where there is a secure food source. The squirrels have been observed to migrate when their population becomes excessive and the food source becomes scarce (Nowak 1999).
A. getulus is a smaller species of squirrel, with head and body length 160-220 mm, tail length 180-230 mm, and weight range of 300-350 grams (Krapp in Grzimek 1990). It has a white stripe that runs down each side of its body, with the occasional white stripe straight down the back. The fur is short and stiff.
Dental records of A. getulus show that it contains two premolars on both sides of the upper jaw. In many cases, the squirrel has a groove in the upper incisors (Nowak 1999).
Geographic Distribution
A. getulus inhabits Morocco and Algeria, countries on the north-western coast of Africa (Corbet 1978). Within this region, the squirrel has been found to occupy all areas between the Mediterranean coasts and the three ranges of the Atlas Mountains, to an elevation of more than 4,000 meters (Krapp in Grzimek 1990). In addition, the squirrel has been found on the island of Fuerteventura, located in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco (Nowak 1999).

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-05-05 13:26]

hi Maite,
fine et délicate image de ce petit animal, excellente netteté et bon pov.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-05 13:36]

Hello Maite,
Marvellous sharp capture of the Barbary Squirrel in a fine pose and taken from an excellent POV against and OOF natural rocky BG.
I didn't know this species was found on Fuerteventura.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

Hola Maite,
very nice capture with a perfect focus and great details, excellent lighting and very nice natural colours,
very beautifull composition,

What a terrific image! Wonderful catchlight, good texture, excellent pose, and overall composition is nearly perfect. The clarity is superb.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-05-05 13:56]

Hola Maite:
Excelente nitidez, color y eliminación. El punto de vista y la pose son inmejorables.
Saludos, José M.

Hello Maite,
Perfect focus and detail.
Very well done!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-05-05 14:05]

Very detailed shot of this cute little Squirrel :-)
Sharp with great clarity.
I love the pose.
Well composed and a decent POV.
Great DOF and BG.
Lovely light.
Very well done!
Thanks Maite!


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-05-05 14:49]

Hi Maite,

Superb shot of the Squirrel
Very nicely composed with a good POV and a really cute pose.
The details are excellent
Lovely natural colours and light too.


Hola Maite,
Como esta usted!
Many thanks for your beautiful posting of this cute little fellow with a great pose!
the exposure and focus is spot on with excellent sharpness, natural colour and details
thanks also the useful and informative notes
muchas gracias

I have something close to this here..As a matter of fact I was tacking one this morning but he was so very fast....back in my wilderness they came much closer and without fear...but now in the city they have become survivors...All of your images as this are delights....

very cute, TFS Ori

Hi Maite.
You are right with the title. This capture is excellent for the feeling of curiosity.
Nicely focused and very fine details.
Warm regards

Hello Maite. You have captured another gorgeous squirrel here. Nice pose in superb exposure and detail. Well done and best regards. Jusni

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-05-05 23:20]

Hola Maite,
It's cute :o) Focus, sharpness, details, light, and pose you captured look so nice. TFS

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-05-05 23:41]

Hello Maite,

Excellent capture of this little squirrel. Very nice pose of the animal. Excellent sharpness. Great light and colours.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-05-05 23:50]

Hi Maite, this guy reminds me of Chipmunks from back home. It's good to see you have similar ground squirrels where you are. This is a great pose you captured him in, in a great natural setting. Lighting is good, with great sharp detail, great colour and I like the depth of field seen here, muting the background, but still showing us some of his environment.


Hello Maite,
What a funny pose from this little fellow!
Seems like he has laid his eyes on something he wants badly...
The subject is well exposed with great details in the plumage, DoF spot on makes him stand out well on the background!
Pablo -

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-05-06 0:27]

Very good picture of ground squirrel. nice colors. very good sharp and blured background.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-05-06 0:50]

Hi Maire,very besutifull pic,excellent moment to take and perfect sharpness and colours,very interesting note too,thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-06 1:11]

Hi Maite,
Very nice shot.Details are tacksharp.Focus couldn't be better.Exposure is spot on.Very well done!
Thanks for posting..

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-06 1:53]

Hi, dear Maite.
Superb in every aspect picture. Pictured creature is amazing. You managed to photograph it in a very attractive pose. Quality of the image is outstanding. Sharpness and details of the animal are perfect. Fine scenery is reflected so excellent as main subject. DO is selected precisely. FG and our hero are in focus and BG is nicely blurred. I also like wonderful lights and impressive shadows. Exposure of hte image is spot on too. Bravo. Thanks for sharing and kind regards.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-05-06 2:58]

Hello Maite,
Beautiful animal!
Good details

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-05-06 6:57]

Hi Maite,
how are you my friend? Good i hope. I see you have been busy with the Squirrels once more! Very impressive detail in the fur and perfect DOF. You have really caught his inquisitive character here too, well done!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-06 8:18]

Hi Maite,
Wonderful shot of this cute squirrel looking curiously at something. Very neat and sharp image with superb lighting and colours. Nice pose captured among the rocks. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hi Maite,

Very cute picture of Barbary Ground Squirrel with nice pose and composition, good DOF and BG showing the habitat, beautiful colours and pin sharp details. Very good work.


Best wishes


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-06 12:05]

Merhaba Maite,
Superb shot of the Squirrel
Lovely natural colours and light. Very nicely composed with a good POV and a really cute pose. The details are excellent. Hüseyin

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-06 12:10]

Hello Maite,
Wonderful photo of this Ground Squirrel. Excellent POV, colours and sharpness. Very good OOF BG. Fantastic composition.

Hi Maite!
This is a very cute creature! And here presened with very good DOF, sharpness and details. I like also natural colours and interesting note.
Professional work Maite, nothing to add! :>
Friendly yours,

Hello Maite,

A beautiful shot of this little animal, nice pose. It looks a lot like the Eastern Chipmunk that we have here in the US.


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  • darwin Gold Star Critiquer [C: 259 W: 0 N: 403] (1401)
  • [2008-05-06 18:15]

Hi Maite
Wonderful capture with lovely color tones
Nice pose,looks like he is checking you out
Excellent detail. tfs jon

This is top quality picture. The Squirrel is well in focus. Composition is very please to my eyes.
Best wishes,

Hallo Maite
Time is limited at the moment but I could not pass without leaving a few words of appreciation for your posting. This is once again a super sharp photo of this squirrel with lots of detail to appreciate. You have managed to capture this cute little one in a pretty stand up pose and it turned out to be a splendid close-up. You managed the light excellently if I look at the lovely shine on the fur. The big black eye and the whiskers pointing in all directions is definitely a great attraction. To me it has a high cuteness factor and I think it is a lovely presentation.
Kind regards.

Dear Maite
Excellent shot of this Barbary Ground Squirrel.Perfect details,exposure and POV.
Welldone my friend.


Hi Maite,
Excellent picture. Lovely squirrel.
- Nirmal

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-10 3:24]

Hola amiga,
que buena captura,
tengo unas ganas enormes de ver in situ a estas preciosas ardillitas,
bella escena e iluminación maravillosa,
saludos Maite, un abrazo.

Hi Maite,
What a wonderful pose for this little fellow. The composition, POV, exposure and especially sharpness are all outstaning. DOF is just perfect for this image. My compliments on a really super capture! Warmest Regards Thomas

Hola Maite, great portarit of this cute creature, great sharpness and splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

bonjour maité
vraiment genial!
la pose de l'animal est superbe et la netteté superbe,chose qui doit etre difficile a obtenir avec ce genre de petit mammifere.

Bonsoir Maite
c'est Parfait, il est ŕ l'arręt, on a l'impression qu'il est lŕ, juste devant nous.
Merci pour cette trčs belle photo

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-05-13 15:50]

Hello Maite,
WOW, incredibly sharp details and great natural colors. Wonderful work Maite and thank you for the great notes too.

Hola Maite, muy buena la expresion con la mirada y la posición de la ardilla, una toma nitida con buen color y detalles. Un saludo

Fabulosa nitidez Maite.
Curiosa y encantadora, con ese hociquillo de no haber roto un plato, que seguro que romper no habrá roto pero lo que se dice roer...ˇsí que habrá roído!
Fantástico disparo.
Saludos, JL.

Hola Maite.

Estes no se pierden un detalle, da gusto verlo tan atento y seguramente dificil de retratar de forma tan nituis.ida.

Jose L

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-18 9:46]

Hi Maite

This ois fabulous. I love that alert and cutious pose. It is pin sharp with a perfect exposure and a wonderful low POV. The DOF is spot on as well. What a cute fellow!



  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-05-19 14:16]

Excelente luz y un preciso enfoque que nos dejan ver , en especial, la parte superior del cuerpo de manera casi perfecta. Buena pose y fuerza en la mirada. El conjunto, con esas piedras, está muy logrado creando una sensación de realismo tremenda. Un excelente trabajo. Lo que menos me gusta: la explicación, y es que no me entero del Inglés.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi
- Gasté los votos, no es habitual en mi pero hoy estaba escritor.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2008-05-20 13:17]

Bonsoir Maite
Je suis de retour, trčs belle prise, trčs belle netteté et couleurs, trčs belle attitude du sujet.
Bravo, amicalement Robi

Hola Maite,
Marvellous image of You again, with perfect focus and sharpness. Which I'm not 100% satisfied with is the lack of colors (I mean there aren't too much of them, the tone of the squirrel and the rocks are not too different), but this isn't Your fault. I can easily imagine this great photo with partial desaturation (the animal's in full color and the rocks in b/w) on TrekLens.
Gracias, buenos noches, László

Bonjour Maite
Félicitation pour cette superbe composition. La nettetée de ce petit tania rayé est réussie. Les couleurs et les détails sont trčs bons.J'aime bien la pose .
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-26 7:53]

Hello Maite,
This is a splendid capture of this cute little ground Squirrel in a charming pose on the rocks. Wonderful sharp details and a fine softness and colour to the background that makes it stand out very nicely. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Maite,
A lovely capture of this beautiful squirrel. You know I saved a baby squirrel from the claws of a crow. At that time i felt like a hero. Very good details and a fine composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-27 5:00]

Hello Maite, Your postings are always unique and superior quality. I saw one yesterday eating a fruit and just remembered your shot. Excellent frame and superb composition. Lovely lighting and great pose and super sharp picture. wonderfully positioned in the frame and also the apt title. Great work and well done friend. Ganesh

Hi Maite,

This curious squirrel looks very cute and I like it's pose :-)Good capture with beautiful colours, excellent sharpness and details and just fun to to look at!

Greetings, Nel

Hi Maite,
it has been a while since I last dropped in on your photos and I am glad that today I did.
This little squirrel is a rather cute looking creature and alert as well.I see you have branched out to include mammals in your repertory and that is a good thing.There is nothing about this photo that I see that needs to be changed as it looks great as you have presented it.The colour,details and the focus are all great and I do thank you for giving us all this view. Bob

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-01 14:07]

Hello Maite!! Wow what a sharp picture of that Squirrel, it's a well composed image, full of great details whith a fantastic background, well done, thanks!


Dear Maite,
very cute, fresh and lively! I love the way the groundsqirrel is both disappearing perfectly well camouflaged in its rocky habitat, and very well made visible here by your precise focussing. Excellent capture of a very fine and appealing pose. Thank you!
With best regards,

I had missed this picture earlier, so it is a pleasure to go back to it, Maite.
It is a lovable capture of this cute little Squirrel scanning the surroundings with a curious eye.
Great shot in the most striking rocky environment.
Bye and take care.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-11 21:30]

Hello Maite

A lovely capture of this ground squirrel.
It looks much like a chipmunk.
Well focused with lovely sharpness and detail.
Very good pov and dof.
The colours appear natural.


i love that catch light, good presentation of a common animal. The sharpness, colors and pov is good
goutham r

Splendida cattura, eccellenti POV e DOF, bellissima composizione per la simpatica postura, l'ambientazione particolare e BG neutro, ottime nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli, bellissimi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-06-30 0:52]
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Hi Maite,
Great picture of this Ground Squirrel.
Great in all aspects (background, DOF, ...)

and for your football team - Well Done, Viva Espana

Sharpness 4/5
Focus 4/5
Noise 5/5
Depth of Field 5/5
Background 2/5
Pose 4/5
Light 4/5

Overall 4/5

Well done.

selam maite; wonderful capture of this beautifully coloured squirrel good composition well done

Nice capture.

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