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At your marks! Ready! Go! Japie Go!

At your marks! Ready! Go! Japie Go!
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS, canon tc-dc52b 1.6x
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40 points or more - 40 puntos o más, Mammals of Canada, !Critters [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-21 3:28
Viewed: 5827
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 42
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At your marks! Ready! Go! Japie Go!

This individual is a rare variant of the Eastern Gray Squirrel

Class: Mammalia: Mammals
Order: Rodentia: Rodents
Size: body:23 - 30 cm (9 - 11 3/4 in), tail: 21 - 23 cm (8 1/4 - 9 in)
Family: Sciuridae: Squirrels
Scientific Name: Sciurus carolinensis
Range: S.E. Canada, E. U.S.A.; introduced in Britain and South Africa
Diet: Seeds, nuts
Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Habitat: hardwood forest

Eastern Gray Squirrels are the most frequently seen mammal in our area. They are members of the Rodent family, and spend most of their lives in trees.
Eastern Gray Squirrels can grow 17 to 20 inches long. They have grayish-brown fur, except for their bellies, which have pale fur. The tail often has silvery-tipped hairs at the end.
This animal does have a white phase, which means some of them are nearly all white; but these are not as common.
Eastern Gray Squirrels usually live in forests, but they are also seen in yards, gardens, and city parks. Basically, they live anywhere there are large, deciduous trees (trees whose leaves die in the Fall).
These squirrels live in trees year-round, either in cavities or nests they build out of leaves. Cavities are often old woodpecker holes. Nests are usually high up in tree crotches. Nests are hard to see in the Summer, because they are made with green leaves, and are hidden by foliage (leaves on the trees). They are easy to see in the Winter, when the nest leaves have turned brown and tree leaves fall to the ground.
The trees most commonly used by Eastern Gray Squirrels to live in are White Oak, American Beech, American Elm, Red Maple, and Sweetgum, though they will use others also.
Squirrels mate in the Winter, and you can often see males chasing females up, down, and around trees. Once mated, both the male and female build the nest.
Relationship to Humans:
Eastern Gray Squirrels have a love/hate relationship with people. They are the second-most fed and watched animals, after birds. They also help control plant populations by eating many seeds and fruits, and insect populations as well.
Eastern Gray Squirrels annoy people by taking over birdfeeders, nesting in attics, ruining garden vegetables such as cucumbers, eggplants, and pumpkins, and by "transplanting" flower bulbs to new locations. Many people wonder how a flower pops up in the middle of a lawn or some other strange place. It was probably moved by a squirrel.

Hope you like it.

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la couleur de l'écureuil est bien détaché de l'arriere plan, joli contraste, je suppose que tu as pris cette photo le matin ou en fin de journée à cause de l'ombre rasante, la position de l'ecureuil sur 3 pattes est vraiment sympa,tres belle composition Luc

Luc, I like this one very much. The detaiul is excellent and good notes to boot. Well Done

A great shot I've never seen a white Squirrel before, and he looks pretty.
Well done

Very good Luc.
Never seen this before.
Good colours , details and a nice pose.
Good and informative note.
Very well done.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-11-21 5:53]

This is cartoon animal, very cute and captured in good pose :-)

It's always good to see something unusual here,and this sure is.You've captured this well,and your notes are excellent.Good one Luc.

Luc simple put one crack good image and even better notes.
I believe thereis also a black variation, of which there is a small colony some where in the middle of London UK.

What an interesting variation, Luc. Let's call it Snowy. Tack sharp and that tail is to die for. Fantastic work. This one has a special place. One question though, why did you call him Japie? Japie has a much bigger tail! lol :)

he has an interesting tail...and the title is amusing....

Luc, Excellent pose with a ++ cute factor. Good clean shot but just a little heavy on the bleach hey? ;-))) Great note also.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-21 9:43]

Wow this is superb and I'm honored to have my name attached to this. The sharpness is stunning - from the tip of the nose to the tail (I should be carefull, Gerhard has seen my tail!) The whites are great and most of all the low angle adds a lot of impact to this shot.

Thanks for posting this beauty

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 104 W: 0 N: 180] (853)
  • [2004-11-21 10:38]

Luc !
Your squirell is fantasic.Super pose, very good colors, sharpness and details.Very good light and excellent note

Very sharp and he is ready to GO.
Very well done

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-11-21 13:21]

A very nice capture.
Excellent composition and nice detail.
This is the first time I've seen or heard of this squirrel.
A great shot and great note.
Well done.

Ver nice shot,Luc!real sharp and clear, good details, colours and composition.
interesting note too, well done!

This is a very special animal for a fantastic shot. Lights are very controled and the pose for the shot is wonderful. Luc, I am amazed who in every post your animals seem to be posing for you.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-21 17:49]

Great pose, classic squirrel. Lots of fun and great note too. Well done Luc.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-22 7:20]

Sin dudas, uno de los animales mas queribles de los presentados.
Gran agudeza, gran POV, perfecto encuadre... Bravo!.

Without doubts, one of the likeable animals but of the presented ones.
Great sharpness, great POV, perfect frame... Bravo!.

very good photo. It is the first white squirrels i saw. Everything are great on ur photo. Beautiful colors, nice details, womderful pose from the model;)

Hi Luc

He looks as though he is ready to go for gold! The pose is superb. He'll make a clean sweep with that bushy tail! TFS

Bonpour Luc,

I have not seen such a light coat before. Do you think this is aging? Or does this squirrel haveESP about the coming winter? It seems to be checking its heartrate!
Very fall-like sight Luc! And excellent Note!

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