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Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel
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Copyright: Christine Westerback (sprok) (33)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Fuji Finepix S5500 Zoom, Fujinon Zoom Lens 10X Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Tree Squirrels [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-19 15:27
Viewed: 3311
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sciurus vulgaris is the UK's only native squirrel. Reds live in a variety of woodlands, conifer, deciduous and mixed broadleaved forests. They eat nuts and seeds,fungi,flowers and plant shoots and even insects. Contrary to popular belief, they do not hibernate and in fact early winter is the time when food is most abundant for them. Reds produce their first litter of kits during March and if they have a good summer with plentiful food then they can produce a further litter, each consisting of 3/4 young. There are probably only about 160,000 reds left in the UK being outnumbered by the introduced North America Grey by about 66:1! Grey squirrels carry the deadly squirrelpox virus which they appear to be immune to but reds are susceptible and will die a slow painfull death in 2 weeks if not treated within the first few days of infection. Transmission is not yet fully understood but cleanliness of garden feeders is of paramount importance. This particular red was taken at Wallington Hall, a National Trust property in Northumberland. For more information on red squirrels and where to see them visit www.saveoursquirrels.org.uk

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bonjour christine
le moment n'est pas banal,en voila un qui ne se gene pas!
assez bonne qualité d'image malgres la distance.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-03-19 17:12]

Ah very cute, I love the pose. Lovely colours and good DOF as well



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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-03-19 18:03]

Hi Christine. you have got a good picture of the squirrel. his tail looks great. good colours. well done..

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  • Swats Silver Star Critiquer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 3] (151)
  • [2007-03-20 2:35]

Very cute capture! Nice colours!

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-03-20 10:08]

Hello Christine, this is a fabulous and adoreable photo of this Red Squirrel! Wow, is he living in heaven with a basket full of nuts? They are truly beautiful with those long fluffy ears. I love the tail hanging outside of the feeder. The shot is nice and sharp and the colour range is great. Your pov is perfect and good dof. Thanks for posting, I am sure everyone will love it.

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