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EURASIAN RED SQUIRREL


EURASIAN RED SQUIRREL
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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-11
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-04-16 11:05
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Points: 34
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EURASIAN RED SQUIRREL (SCIURUS VULGARIS)

Description

This attractive mammal has a chestnut upper body, with buff to cream underside, noticeable ear tufts and the famous fluffy tail. The red squirrel moults its coat twice a year but the ear tufts and the tail are only moulted annually. It is a smaller animal than the introduced grey squirrel.

Range

The red squirrel occurs across most of Europe into northern Asia and Siberia. In this part of its range the red squirrel is not threatened. In the UK it is restricted to a few sites, mainly those free from competition by grey squirrels, which is why it is classified as threatened.

Habitat

Red squirrels prefer woodland that contains a fair proportion of conifer trees. In Europe they are found in large forests, gardens and parks and at altitudes of up to 2,000 metres. In the UK they are now chiefly confined to conifer forests but can live in mixed woodland that has yet to be invaded by greys.

Biology

Red squirrels do not hibernate and lay down stores of food to see them through periods when fresh food is not available. Where they are found in mixed broadleaf and coniferous woodland they have a source of food all year round, as pine seeds are present over the winter months. However, red squirrels have quite a varied diet which includes seeds, buds, flowers, leaves and fruit. They are known to take insects, fungi and birds' eggs.

Red squirrels build nests, called dreys, from sticks and moss placed high in the branches. They produce two litters of three to four kittens a year, usually in March and July. The drey is often the first evidence of the presence of red squirrels in a wood. Other signs are chewed pine cone 'cores' (birds leave ragged remains), split hazel nut shells (dormice make a hole to extract the kernel), cut tree shoots and scattered droppings.

Red squirrels can live for up to six years. They are chiefly active during the day and most of this time is spent foraging. Bad weather can seriously hinder this activity and, without food the squirrels can only survive for a few days.

Conservation

Fearing that the red squirrel would be lost as a species to central and southern England, English Nature included it in their Species Recovery Programme (SRP). In partnership with the Forestry Commission, SRP began a project to look at ways in which the red squirrel might be helped recover its population.

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Hi Marius,
You have manage to capture this difficult scene of action brilliantly, and I want to congratulate you for that! Fantastic dept of field and lovely warm colors!Well done !
Regards,
George Veltchev

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-04-16 11:16]

Salut Marius,
si ai prins-o cu ea in gura ...
Superba aceasta scena. Cite nuci te-a costat aceasta imortalizare ?
Felicitarile mele calduroase.
Chiar azi se jucau trei pui de veverita pe afara in curtea din fata balconului. Dar ce crezi ca am putut sa surprind vreuna?
Un WE linistit si placut,
Adrian

Salut Marius,
Ai descoperit scorbura veveritelor ...am remarcat mai multe imagine bine realizate cu veverite la tine in ultima perioada. Subiect fotogenic, moment deosebit, culori placute si detalii bune.
Numai bine,
Mircea

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-04-16 11:55]

Hi Marius , I just love the pose from the Squirrel with the nut. Its looking at you as to say its all mine. Along with the fine detail of the fur you have also got sharp focusing on the tree moss. All taken with such ntural colours. well taken TFS.
Nick..

Hello Marius
This beautifully shot, good for color and sharpness. Highly dynamic
Congratulations and thanks for sharing
hello Vanni

Salut Marius
Belle image de cette écureuil avec son repas dans la bouche.Image nette avec de beau détails et de belle couleurs.J'aime bien également l'arrire plan.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello Marius,
Fantastic ... that expression, good POV, amazing focus, good angle with the look of the squirrel, ideal background to generate a contrast! good job!
PS: A tiny gap, cutting the tip of the tail! ;-)
Greetings, Thanks for sharing, Jesus

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-04-16 21:21]

O captura splendida, culori si detalii foarte frumoase, claritatea la perfectie, felicitari!

Hi Maris,
what a beautifully photoed image of the squirrel you grace TN with today.The moss on the tree and the blurred background and the fine details in the squirrel,all sharply focus are a treat for my eyes.The exposure control is exceptional as the highlights and shadows are not overblown or underexposed and the image is so very free of noise,man oh man,thank you for sharing this with us.

Bob

Hi MF Marius,

Excellent capture of this pretty squirel with its meal in a fine pose on thr tree trunk.
The POV/DOF, exposure, colours and composition are all wonderful.
TFS and have a nice WE MF!
Cheers,

Bayram

Bonjour Marius
Bravo pour cette photo prise sur le vif.
la posture de l'écureuil est très naturelle, les détails sont bien rendus
Merci
Laurent

Ciao Marius, wonderful portrait of cute creature in nice pose, beautiful natural colors, lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end my friend, ciao Silvio

Ciao Marius. You've obtained excellent details with best DOF. Impressive sharp for the cute squirrel in dynamic posture.

Roberto

Hi Marius,

Very very cute squirrel.
You've captured a very good position to climb.
A great composition and vivid colors with excellent detail.
Perspective and with a very successful shooting technique.
Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
Mehmet

wonderful capture of very pretty Red Squirel with walnuts on his mouth. splendid colors and exposure. sharp details, eyes contact and POV/DOF superb. blurry BG, green mosses and vertical composition great. thanks Marius.
have a nice weekend
Ahmet

Hi Marius,
Good capture of cute squirrel. I can't catch them, I think you gave him/her bribe :))
TFS

Emrah

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  • lilito (51)
  • [2010-04-18 13:59]

Très intéressant, on dirait que l'écureuil a posé pour la photo, bon travail!
Lily

Beautiful shot Marius. Incredible sharpness of the animals head and a well framed shot. It's great to see the moss and the squirrels ears together. Very kool! TFS Trevor

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