Another photograph of a red squirrel, this time taken just two days ago during another outing with friends at the amazing little Eskrigg Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Lockerbie in southern Scotland. This place is a beautiful and very well maintained reserve and owes its existence to the hard work and tireless efforts of Jim Rae, a retired biology teacher, and his many enthusiastic volunteers. Very well worth a visit and a haven not only for red squirrels but also for an amazing variety of wild bird life.
We had taken some shelled hazelnuts along with us and we certainly succeeded in attracting a few red squirrels with them although they still remained at quite a distance and, being incredibly quick, were still very difficult to photograph, even with a long lens.
And, funnily enough, as soon as I looked at this picture I was reminded of the advertisement for Cadbury's Whole Nut chocolate bars - some of you might remember the little ditty -
"Nuts! Whole Hazelnuts! Cadburys take them and they cover them in chocolate!" - sung to the tune of the Banana Boat Song!
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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lousat (93684) 2014-06-27 2:35
Hi John,a perfect pic for treknature too,truly beautiful and made with great detail and bright colors despite the dark light and the distance too i think.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
jhm (155330) 2014-06-27 3:20
One of the most beautiful pictures with these little rascal, a pity here in Belgium are a lot of American squirrels, she are bigger, this are the exterminators of the indigenous, these American squirrels come of the people out of the environment.
Excellent captured, nice composition, colours and sharpness are of high quality.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
williewhistler (16398) 2014-06-27 6:01
you`ve managed to catch the little blighter at just the right time with the evidence still in it`s mouth,always a big plus for Natural History shots I`m told.
With a bright eye and bushy tail the details and natural colours are impeccable,a cracker.
Best regards Les.
macjake (69815) 2014-06-27 9:28
How do you guys photograph these squirrels!?
they tend to be shifty little critters!
they always look so nervous, always looking behind or over their shoulders - but then again if I were that little and I had so many creatures wanting to eat me I'd be a constant nervous wreck too! lol
this guy even has a large "S" shape in his tail, how cool is that :)
love the colors, love the nut in its mouth.
and I see you had to use the full length of your lens too, which is often the least sharp and focused, but your shot looks great. The little hairs have alot of detail in them...fun post John
holmertz (55007) 2014-06-27 10:16
I do hope the Cadbury nuts didn't have their shells left :-). Squirrels are cute little things, although some people don't like them for their appetite for small birds and eggs. But I find them irresistibly charming, and this one you captured with such perfect sharpness that I can feel the softness of its fur (at least I like to imagine that).
Noel_Byrne (32108) 2014-06-27 11:17
Excellent picture of this little red furry fiend, and congrats for getting it, everytime I lift my camera near these little guys they run a mile! Not only is it a fantastic portrait of the creature, but a bonus that its a red one! We are struggling in Ireland to increase the population of reds as the greys continue their ceaseless march across the country. A great document shot of a creature that may not be around too much longer.
Thanks as always
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-27 22:25
En grande version, on apprécie encore plus la grande qualité de ce "portrait" d'écureuil gourmand aux belles couleurs fauves.
CLODO (34928) 2014-06-28 0:50
So crisp, and taken at the peak moment when he swallows a hazel nut. I know it's difficult to take them in picture, generally they go on the other side of the tree trunk and escape. In France we have this kind of brown squirrel, not the small grey ones i can encounter in the Manchester parks.
have a nice WE
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-28 3:10
wonderful wild life shot this. Immaculately sharp and perfectly posed too! I do remember the advertisement tune too! I have 3 of these beggars in my garden but of the grey variety and I wish it was just nuts that they fed upon, rather than destroying my flower beds and pots burying various items gathered from neighbours bird feeders. The red ones look so much smaller that the grey variety, but that must be because they are less domesticated I suppose. Super shot!
Have a good weekend - B.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-28 3:56
Excellent timing! I like the nut in its mouth..That's also called Bribery..:-D. A very beautiful shot. Beautiful colour and detail, the DOF is perfect for focusing the main subject.
Have a nice weekend.
mesutilgim (95834) 2014-06-28 12:07
It's not easy to capture this cute squirrel in full action and that pinsharp ! Even if you used a tele for it.
Just great !
TFS and have a nice weekend
emka (100907) 2014-06-29 1:45
Hi John, Cute animals and the quality of this picture is excellent. I saw that you wrote about the red squirrels in my garden. I saw them several times but probably didn't make any photos, or at least I do not know where they could be. So as Workshop two photos from the park near my home. The squirrels are always there and when you have some nuts (I am senile and always forget to take) you call them: basia, basia (it is the cozy form of Barbara, I do not know why)they come and take the nuts from the hand. They are quite bold, have no fear of people.
See here and here
delpeoples (58836) 2014-07-02 4:25
You and the squirrels really have a simpatico going on don't you? You've produced quite a few excellent wildlife shots recently, especially with these nutty fellas starring. Beautiful rich colours and light. I love the way the light shines on his glossy coat. The shallow depth of field is superbly done too. Wonderful work.
Silvio1953 (146725) 2014-07-03 12:51
Ciao John, great capture of cute creature in nice acrion, wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
annjackman (21899) 2014-07-13 6:03
I see red squirrels so rarely so it is lovely to see this one close up. Pin sharp with wonderful detail in the coat and eye. A really excellent natural history shot. Did you experiment with cropping off the out of focus bit at the bottom?
Best wishes, Ann
p.s. back home now. Rich now free at end of August so may come down to meet up
cornejo (43859) 2014-07-18 10:25
Hi John, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting squirrel, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25936)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-25
- Categories: Nature, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-27 2:31