Eastern Gray Squirrel
|Copyright: Chris T Pehlivan (CTP)
|Date Taken: 2005-12-05|
|Camera: Fuji FinePix S9000|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-12-06 16:02|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|A test shot with my new Fujifilm Finepix S9000 in Downtown Chicago. |
The Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is a tree squirrel that is native to the eastern to midwestern United States and the eastern provinces of Canada. The carolinensis name refers to the Carolinas, where they were first recorded by zoologists, and are still extremely common.
The Eastern Gray has also been introduced into a variety of locations on the west coast of North America, including San Francisco and the Peninsula area of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties south of the city. At the turn of the 20th century it was introduced into South Africa and England, spreading across the latter and leading to a reduction in the population of the native Red Squirrel in most parts of England and Wales. It is known in Britain simply as the Grey Squirrel. It has also been introduced to Italy, and the European Union is concerned that the grey squirrel will displace the Red Squirrel from parts of the European continent, as well. The Gray Squirrel is classed in the UK as a pest.
Although the matter is controversial and complex, the main factor in the displacement of Red Squirrels by Grey Squirrels is thought to be competition for resources, leading to a decrease in fitness of the Red Squirrels on all measures (e.g. Wauters, Gurnell, Martinoli & Tosi, 2002). Eastern Grey squirrels tend to be larger and stronger than Red Squirrels and have been shown to have a greater ability to put on fat before the winter. These factors are thought to result in Grey Squirrels competing effectively for a larger share of the available food, resulting in lower survival and breeding rates in Red Squirrels. Parapox virus may also be a strongly contributing factor. Red squirrels are fatally affected by this disease, while Grey Squirrels are unaffected but thought to be carriers. Red Squirrels are also more affected by habitat destruction and fragmentation than the more adaptable Grey Squirrel, which has also contributed to a decrease in their numbers and a linked increase in the numbers of Eastern Grey Squirrels. In Italy, Grey Squirrels have been found to rob the caches of Red Squirrels.
The Eastern Gray Squirrel is common throughout most of its natural range and wherever it has been introduced. It readily becomes tolerant of humans and learns to take food left or offered by picnickers.
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It's true winter looks terrible but you squirrel is really cute!
Nice shot and thanks for that.
- [2005-12-06 20:51]
Liked the look of his face.Nice composition.
- [2005-12-07 3:55]
Very good capture!
Great colour and details,
very nice POV and frame.
Well done and TFS!
- [2005-12-07 4:14]
Very nice capture.I liked Pov,clear details,lighting and framing a lot.
Looks like your new camera works very well. Excellent shot on this Gray Squirrel. The colors and detail look great. Exposure is very good.
Great DOF and composition here, my friend! I like the diagonals created by the branches... Your POV catches his typical pose nicely, good colours and details
- [2005-12-16 11:25]
wonderful "close up"! Focus correct and very good note.
- [2006-01-12 18:02]
Wow, nice squirrel! Beautiful evening light, wooden texture of branch.. I like it a lot.
great macro with nice details, composition, POV ....
- [2006-05-15 16:29]
ne kadar sevimli hayvan. cok hareketlidir ve boyle yakalaman buyuk bir beceri. renkler, netlik ve kontrast mukemmel. portfoye devam
Nice capture good shot