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Far away tails

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 18 November 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I've seen other pictures of squirrels in South Shields recently, I've heard tales of them jumping around in the West Park, and I've photographed one in Coulthard Park, Cleadon. However, until a few days ago I'd never seen a squirrel in South Shields.

This grey squirrel was a long way away far up a tree in Harton Cemetery, so the quality of the closely cropped picture taken on a grey and wet Saturday afternoon is not as good as I would have liked, for now, it is the only picture I have of a squirrel in South Shields.

I'll be back, every now and then, to try and get something better.

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John from Geneva, United States

Cute photo Curly, but you'll have to be real good to beat this one:
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/intelligenttravel/2009/08/ground-squirrel-photo-crasher.htmlI like the white strip across this photo - along with the moss on the trees it makes for great coloring.

18 Nov 2009 5:31am

@John: Ah yeah, didn't take long for that one to go viral.

Yvonne Simons from Tilburg, Netherlands

what a beautiful creature, he still looks at you!

18 Nov 2009 6:12am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very nice shot

18 Nov 2009 6:34am

Zahra.Z.E from kerman, Iran

Good capture.nice shut

18 Nov 2009 7:14am

Mirjam from Kiev, Ukraine

This is a nice one. It's quite difficult to take a picture of them, they are so quick. I spend a day in a park "Seurasaari" in Finland. We have lots of squirrels there. I got some pictures of them but not THE picture. Have a nice day.

18 Nov 2009 7:28am

Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Cute squirrel!

18 Nov 2009 7:39am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!! Great shot. Lovely composition and tones. Not an easy subject to capture but you have captured it beautifully. Bravo

18 Nov 2009 7:39am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

The post production gives this image an almost posterised cartoon like appearance

18 Nov 2009 8:00am

@P J W Miller: It has only had a light sharpen.

shroom from DFW, United States

I luv squirrel pics.

18 Nov 2009 8:46am

Kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Well done on the photo....they usually dart around at such speed making it difficult to get such good detail.

18 Nov 2009 9:12am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

I thought/presumed squirrels were common place everywhere in the UK..we have them in abundance in our back garden..eating all the food we put out for the birds..but their antics are fairly amusing! This is a good sharp photo even if you do say he was a long way away. Nice one!

18 Nov 2009 9:36am

@MrsAmber: I've never been aware of an abundance of them in this town Kate, I'm 53 years old and have only just started to see them.

k@ from Paris, France

Oh that face ! Super angle & cute one*

18 Nov 2009 9:44am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

a nice squirrel.

18 Nov 2009 10:00am

Sriram from Chennai, India

Great capture!

18 Nov 2009 10:43am

Mhélène from Paris, France

Superb ! I have never seen a grey squirrel ! Beautiful photo !

18 Nov 2009 12:35pm

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nice captured and well framed...

18 Nov 2009 1:26pm

Antoine from BOURGES, France

Beautiful capture. Have a good day. Antoine.

18 Nov 2009 1:31pm

Lyl and Roll from Besançon, France

Bien dodu et pas vraiment farouche cet écureuil....

18 Nov 2009 1:43pm

Eric Rousset from Grasse, France

Lovely capture, like the grain on the shot

18 Nov 2009 2:14pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Congratulations! You got a great shot of the squirrel.

18 Nov 2009 2:41pm

bigezbear from New Orleans, United States

I happened on a squirrel in my walk the other day. Unfortunately, he happened on me, as well, and refused to be photographed. Congratulations.

18 Nov 2009 2:54pm

Pepe Cabrera from Cuidad de Antipolo, Philippines

Perfect!

18 Nov 2009 2:59pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Such a sweet squirrel, I like how you processed it, very jazzy ;)

18 Nov 2009 3:49pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

wow!!very great shot

18 Nov 2009 4:09pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb selective focus and detail. I love the look on his face.

18 Nov 2009 4:15pm

Iain from South Shields, United Kingdom

Cracking photograph, i've heard they are quite tasty, that could account for the shortage

18 Nov 2009 4:39pm

@Iain: Thanks for dropping in Iain, I hope you are well after today's exertions it was good to see you again. I can imagine they'd go down quite well in a slow pot roast with a splash of red wine and a dash of balsamic vinegar! (Really just kidding folks.)

Dana from St. Louis, United States

I think he's watching you. It's amazing how squirrels look so different in other parts of the world or even throughout the US

18 Nov 2009 4:43pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wow, I can't believe squirrels are rare in South Shields. Who knew?
Here we have had a great debate about the black squirrels overtaking the population of brown squirrels: http://detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?t=2945 some of the comments are quite funny.

18 Nov 2009 4:51pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

We get invaded by squirrels at this time of year. Not my favourite animal - but nice pic.

18 Nov 2009 5:03pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

18 Nov 2009 5:07pm

@Ralph Jones: Ralph I didn't even realise that there were more than two types (red and grey) but the fishing looks good fun!

Mo from United Kingdom

A great squirrel shot

18 Nov 2009 6:25pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Superb moment!!!! Well done!

18 Nov 2009 7:03pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

Cute little guy--i think he's putting up his dukes to defend his territory! :)

18 Nov 2009 7:29pm

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

I can join the long list of comments - a beautiful composition!

I can understand your appreciation for these little guys as I was with a friend whose home is in Yorkshire. A few years ago we were in the States and a squirrel jumped up on the window ledge of the restaurant right beside her. She stopped everything - talking, moving, breathing to watch it. She was so excited.

In Toronto, there is a full-some population and I love these little guys for their grace. This is despite the fact that they take bites out of my tree fruits , dig up the tulip bulbs I planted yesterday, and eat the bird seed from the feeder they've knocked off the arbour last night.

In terms of colours, we have both black and grey - they are supposed to be phases. I also have a variation in my yard now that is more prevalent in downtown Toronto - they have a little white tip on the end of the tail. Our brown/red squirrels are common in bush country but do occur in the city. They are the most rascally of the squirrels.

I've completed my entry on SQUIRRELS, and thank you for such a wonderful image and everyone's great comments!
Marilyn

18 Nov 2009 8:08pm

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

well hes a real cutie:) well caught~~

18 Nov 2009 8:16pm

Christel from Köln, Germany

Good evening, Curly,
I like squirrels very much. Our squirrels look like reddish brown. I like your recording. Take a look into my photo book, where you will also find squirrels. Best regards Christel

18 Nov 2009 9:13pm

Kate from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

It's a cute shot and I love how we know you weren't close to him, but he is keeping his eye on you.

18 Nov 2009 9:54pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice catch Graham!!

18 Nov 2009 11:04pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

I think you captured the squirrel's essence in this photograph. Nice and real.

18 Nov 2009 11:21pm

Michael from United Kingdom

A good shot Curly, cheeky little rascals they are too. I have them coming in the garden right up to the door..!

18 Nov 2009 11:23pm

lydia from Paris, France

That's a good catch of this little cute one !!

18 Nov 2009 11:40pm

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice portrait of this fellow.

19 Nov 2009 12:13am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like he caught you red-handed. Great capture!

19 Nov 2009 12:43am

Ajay from Pune, India

That's one is really caught very well in your camera.

19 Nov 2009 1:57am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Was great that you were able to get a shot of him....Very cool.

19 Nov 2009 2:33am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

I think he is thinking about getting his camera.

19 Nov 2009 4:00am

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

Beautiful composition, details en colours!!

19 Nov 2009 7:20am

flyingwind风飞扬 from Bridgetown, Barbados

ho, cool effect! it brings to me much film-like feel! film...

19 Nov 2009 9:39pm

Emilio Garcia from Pleasanton, United States

Squirrels are almost a "plague" in this part of Northern California where I live. Having said that, I have never been "fortunate" enough to get such a wonderful candid shot of one (he's looking at you). I also like angle and the selective focus. All around, great!

20 Nov 2009 12:00am

David Nos from Barcelona, Spain

Very nice picture, great processing!

20 Nov 2009 4:35pm

Romi from Arad, Romania

Beautiful squirrel! Nice pic!

21 Nov 2009 10:15am

Blimunda from Cascais, Portugal

NIce squirrel.

25 Nov 2009 9:34pm

PENTAX K100D
1/250 second
F/5.6
ISO 200
450 mm (35mm equiv.)

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