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Barbary Ground Squirrel

Barbary Ground Squirrel
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Copyright: Maite SRivero (Maite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-26
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-23 12:35
Viewed: 5217
Points: 94
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Ardilla moruna
Atlantoxerus getulus

Cuando fui a Fuerteventura el pasado mes de enero me cuidé muy bien de llevar en la maleta una bolsita con pipas y nueces, pues había visto en la red que era fácil encontrar este tipo de ardillas en la isla. Me contaron, además, que no es un animal autóctono, sino que fue introducido en la isla por algún turista que las llevó como mascotas, y se adaptaron y propagaron con facilidad. Pues bien, yo iba con mi bolsita de pipas a todas partes y estaba deseando probar mi nueva cámara Nikon, pero no veía a las ardillas por ninguna parte. Hasta que fuimos a recoger al aeropuerto a la madre de mi pareja, que acababa de llegar a la isla y decidimos pasar por Betancuria, una de las zonas más bonitas de la isla. Al cruzar por el Parque Rural de Betancuria una ardilla nos cruzó por delante del coche al otro lado de la carretera. Entonces casi grité "¡Para aquí, para aquí!", y allí mismo pudimos ver un puñado de ellas. Esquivas pero golosas.
Como veis, les encantaron las nueces.
A mano alzada y un poco recortada.

Barbary Ground Squirrel
Atlantoxerus getulus

When I travelled to Fuerteventura the last January I was careful to take with me a bag with nuts and sunflower seeds, for I had seen in the network that was easy to find this type of squirrels in the island. They told me, in addition, that it is not a native animal, but a species introduced in the island where they adapted and propagated with facility. So, I went with my little bag full of seeds and nuts to all parts and was eager to prove my new Nikon camera, but I could not see the squirrels anywhere and I was rather disappointed. Until the last day. Then we decided to take my boy's mother with her granddaughter, to the south of the island passing through Betancuria, one of the prettiest zones of Fuerteventura. When crossing through the Rural Park of Betancuria a squirrel crossed in front of the car to the other side of the highway. Immediately I cried "Stop here, stop here!", and right there we could see a handful of them. Shy but greedy. As you can see, they loved the nuts. Taken hand-raised and a little trimmed.

Have a nice week my friends :)

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-04-23 12:37]

Hello Maite,

Very nice picture of this cute squirrel. Good POV, DOF and sharpness. Light is well managed. Very nice natural colours too.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-04-23 12:37]

Hi Maite. What a cute littlee felow this is. you have a good pose with him eating. natural colours. you shot sj=hows his markings well. TFS.

Hola Maite,
Como esta usted!
delighted to see your beautiful posting of this Squirrel!
great pose of him in total sharpness, very good colour and excellent details in the shot
a very pleasing image!
muchas gracias

Hello Maile,

Quite charming!
I love the pose!
You did well to tempt him to come for food!
Lovely details of his fur in what appears to be very strong sunlight.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)
Many thanks for your feedback on 'Not a pretty bird ...'

Hello Maite,

Very nice picture of this cute little thing. Good composition, pose, sharpness of details.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-04-23 16:10]

Hola Maite!
Muy bella la foto de esta Ardillita. La pose y la comida en sus pequeñas manos luce de maravilla. Un Exelente trabajo con Tu nueva camara, que de seguro te dara grandes resultados como en esta foto.
Un Abrazo Maite.

This is one cute little squirrel Maite. You have shot it well under pleasant lighting and shadow. I like the pose holding on that food. Excellent sharpness and clarity and thanks for sharing. Regards. Jusni

You have created the perfect mood under which you finally took the picture of this adorable little Ground Squirrel, Maite.
You were thoughtful and considerate to take the food for the creatures with you and I am thrilled to see this little one enjoying it while you take its picture.
The image is very beautiful in the ambient slanting light.
Thanks for sharing it and warm regards.

I fits in so well with the earth surroundings. The colours are perfectly matched to the ground. As always well done Maite!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-23 22:51]

Hi Maite,
Wonderful shot of this cute looking Ground Squirrel with very sharp image with clear details on its fur. Superb lighting and I like the surrounding. Excellent low POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Muy buenoa Maite.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-23 23:43]

Hola Maite,
Very nice shot of this cute fellow. I liked the warm color tones and the composition. TFS

Hello Maite,
Like all squirrels he is a cute little fellow, here shown in the natural habitat and enjoying the bribe..!
In return he gives a fine pose, and the good light gives excellent details in the fur coat...
A well composed presentation with fine colours!
Pablo -

Hallo Maite
What a delightful and pleasant shot of this cute looking squirrel. It seems as if it is not bothered by you or the camera at all, the food in its hand being main priority. I like the position you have captured this one from the front, showing plenty of details to appreciate. The big black eyes with the white circles so clearly visible. The pretty little nose and ears, the whiskers and slightly visible the stripes on its back. Good focus and framing, presented in a delightful manner. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-24 4:18]

Hello Maite, After a longtime looking into one of your good shot. Well done and I like the way it is holding the item (looks like cheese)Excellent lighting and great view. Ganesh

Hi Maite,

A cute little guy, nice, sharp photo, shows the subject nicely.


Dear Maite
Wonderful shot of this Ground Squirrel,
Perfect focusing,exposure and POV.Welldone my friend.

Be Happy...

Hi Maite,
A nice capture of this beautiful squirrel. Excellent composition and sharp details. Good notes. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-04-24 11:40]

Lovely capture of this little Ground Squirrel!
The pose is a classic!
Very sharp with lots of detail.
Nice composition and POV.
Well done Maite!


Cute fellow, Maite.
Good sharpness and colors.
Well done

Hola Maite, splendid portrait of this cute creature in lovely pose, wonderful colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, brava, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-25 22:27]

Hi Maite.
I took a short pause in my TN activity but your warm comments and especially touching picture had forced me to return. Simply charming creature . I am also amazed with great sharpness and details of its image. You have reflected its hair greatly. Surroundings are reproduced very well too. Bravo and my best wishes.

Respected Madam,
Papa has mentioned about you and this is very lovely squirrel. Your gallery is full of nice pictures. Thank you for sharing such a lovely picture. Vignesh

Great shot of this little cutie Maite.
Excellent details and I like your POV.
Tough light, but you managed it nicely..
And I see the bribe worked well :)

Hi Maite
Sooo cute
Superb details
Lovely color tones in the fur
tfs jon

Hi Maite. Oops. I did not visit for awhile now.
Glad to see you have some uploads again.
I always like to see the squirrels and related animals.
This one is a good capture with him eating.
Very sharp details.
Have a nice week:)beso

Hola Maite, quien la sigue la consigue. Una bonta toma de la ardilla. Espero que tu nueva cámara te sirva para deleitarnos con fotos como esta. Un saludo.

José Luis

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-04-29 19:45]

Hello Maite,
What a cute little one you share with us here. The colors and details you have captured with your great camera work are excellent. They do like handouts, don't they.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-30 6:32]

How did i miss this little fellow??? What a great shot Maite, excellent detail in that wiry looking fur and perfect DOF. The bright light has given you some lovely contrast and you have exposed it very well. Super work as always my friend!

Hola Maite!
What a cute creature was presented by you this time :) The squirrel looks really funny and nice presented :) I like natural colours, sharpness and details :)
All the best from Lodz!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-04-30 8:31]

Hi Maite,
Wonderful shot.He looks vey cute.Details are also perfect.Thanks for posting.

Hello Maite,
In last October, I was in Spain and I posted another black ardialla near Malaga. But I had not enough time to visit Canarias. So, I couldnt see this beautiful animal. Maybe for next time.
Your capture very nice in feeding time. Light stripe and other details very nice. Greatly focused and composed. Gracias y saludos

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-04-30 14:49]

Hola Maite:
Buena pose y encuadre y una acertada exposición a pleno sol.
Saludos, José M.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-04-30 18:12]

Wonderful image of this cute little ground squirrel. Your photo is very sharp and the detail is very fine. Great natural colours. TFS.

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  • inked Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 132 W: 0 N: 249] (771)
  • [2008-05-01 2:13]

Hi Maite,
very cute shot of this little squirrel eating. nicely focused on the face with good details showing. cute pose and very nicely composed. well done and tfs

Hi Maite,
Great image of this cute little fella. Perfect pose, composition and exposure. Excellent sharpness in his face. Interesting story also!!
TFS and Warmest Regards. Thomas

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-03 0:20]

Merhaba Maite,
A nice capture of this beautiful squirrel. Excellent composition and sharp details. TFS Hüseyin

Bonsoir Maité
Très mignon cet écureuil
est ce toi qui lui a donné à manger ?
Merci Amicalement

Hola Maite,
again a wonderfull shot from you,
excellent point of view, perfect focus with many great details, wonderfull lighting and colours,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-05-27 6:14]

Hola amiga,
preciosa captura,
de unos bichitos entrañables,
como muestra orgullosa su nuez, jaja,
excelente trabajo,
saludos Maite

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-28 12:47]

Hi Maite

These are just lovely. I like the little paws and the pose is very sweet. Beautifully sharp and great POV



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-11 21:31]

Hello Maite

A very cute capture of this squirrel.
Lovely natural colours with very good lighting.
The fur shows well.
Good pov and dof.


Hola Maite,
Nice squirrel photo, but the one entitled "The Curious" is - by my opinion - better, both composition-wise and in using the available lights. Of course it doesn't mean I don't like this one, it's a good shot showing the animal in its environment, I simply feel the other photo "top", while this one's "only" "above average". I hope You understand my POV.
Tfs, cheerz, László

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-24 7:42]

Hello Maite, great capture of this little creature! He's enjoying its meal a lot! Well seen and well done, thanks!


Dear Maite,
a very lively closely approached capture, taken from a nicely appropriate low point of view that offers a perfectly intimate face-to-face contact with this cute ground squirre.
Thank you!
My best regards,

Spettacolare momento di cattura, ottimo POV, molto bella la composizione centrale che concentra l'attenzione sul muso (in particolare gli occhi) e le zampette con il probabile cibo e sul comportamento di sorpresa che di solito porta all'immobilità com mezzo di prima difesa, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi i colori. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hello MAite

A lovely capture of this ground squirrel.
It looks very similar to our chipmunk.
Excellent POV .
The details are sharp.
Well done.


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