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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
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Copyright: Mark Heywood (PapaLazarou) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 2 N: 43] (663)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-25
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Sigma 100-300 F4 APO
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-25 15:21
Viewed: 2904
Points: 5
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Squirrel taken at The National Trust Red Squirrel Reserve in Formby.

The National Trust Reserve

Situated on the Sefton coast, just north of Liverpool, the National Trust owned Freshfield reserve is one of the most popular visitor attractions in Northern England.

The reserve offers visitors an oppurtunity to explore the beach, sand dunes and coastal pine woodland. Within the stands of Corsican and Scots pine is a large population of wild red squirrels. However, unlike most other populations, the Formby animals are so used to people that they can be fed by hand.

Red squirrels will frequently approach within a few feet of visitors, indeed it is not uncommon for the little creatures to take peanuts from the palm of your hand. The red squirrel population typically numbers 3-4 adult squirrels per hectare making it possible to see several animals together.

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Hello Mark,
These little creatures are so appealing. How sad it is that they are being threatened by the grey squirrels! This is a lovely detailed capture showing its colours and its markings. How nice to see the glint in its eye!
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Very nice shot Mark. I just love the pose of the squirrel, but it is a bit to much centered in the frame imho. A small crop 1 1/2 inch from the left side and some more space on top above the squirrel's head would have helped composition a lot. Sharpness and exposure are very good. Best regards, Harry

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-05-25 17:59]

I really like this photo and the expression on it's face...It looks as if one hand is bigger than the other???...Great capture...

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