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Cemetery squirrel

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 16 December 2009 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

I'm starting to find more and more squirrels in Harton Cemetery in South Shields. Trouble is they dart about so fast and don't seem to give me the opportunity of a good close, sharp, shot. I keep going back every few days in the hope of a better shot.

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MontereyJohn from Salinas, California, United States

Good luck! for us here in California it's lizards and ground squirrels. Same story.

16 Dec 2009 5:06am

Bob from New Jersey, United States

damn squirrels!

16 Dec 2009 5:11am

Julie from Easton, United States

Try taking peanuts with you!

16 Dec 2009 5:17am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

they do keep darting about

16 Dec 2009 6:17am

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

16 Dec 2009 6:28am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

you know.. the angle of squirrel very perfect, but little advice, is the photo not to focus? or deliberately ?

16 Dec 2009 7:08am

@Joan Felix: No it isn't perfect, I cropped it from a larger image.

Mirjam from Helsinki, Finland

Good luck with squirrels. They are cute but so difficult to catch.

16 Dec 2009 9:59am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

A good crop...the composition is very good. Dang those fast moving creatures..next time throw some nuts at them (or rather towards them)..they may stop for a moment to pick them up!

16 Dec 2009 10:39am

Krishna Muroor from Bangalore, India

deliberate mismatch?

16 Dec 2009 11:34am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The texture of the tree rat matches the wall nicely. Could almost be camouflage :)

16 Dec 2009 11:42am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Curly my Grandmother had a squirrel that would eat seeds and nuts from her hand, feed the squirrel and he will be posing for photo shoots in no time.

16 Dec 2009 12:06pm

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

So sweet in that beautiful softness :) adorable!

16 Dec 2009 12:26pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

LOL...you need some incentive for them to sit and pose for you! ;-)

16 Dec 2009 12:47pm

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

Good luck with squirrels.
The squirrels are so fast, they are difficult to photograph.
Nevertheless not bad this photo.

16 Dec 2009 2:28pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I agree with the other suggestions of bringing food. Squirrels are like seagulls and tend to get up close and personal if you throw a few snacks their way.

16 Dec 2009 3:46pm

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

I like them but the are so quick, good luck the next time!!

16 Dec 2009 4:02pm

BJ from Murfreesboro, United States

we had one for a pet once, you have to feed them and they will stay still for a min or two

16 Dec 2009 4:54pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Una serie esta del cementerio que me está gustando mucho. Es enorme la diferencia a como son estos lugares en España. Aqui no hay espacios abiertos, todo son hileras de nichos de hasta cinco alturas.
Saludos cordiales.

16 Dec 2009 5:59pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

He's got an eye on you! Nice capture from so far away.

16 Dec 2009 6:40pm

Spike from Bristol, United Kingdom

There's a sense of movement, something to do with the flowers over the squirrel's head (or maybe it's my eyes after a long day :-) ); anyway, it gives a really nice sense of the squirrel pausing for an instant to look you up and down.

16 Dec 2009 7:06pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Interesting contrast between the softened background & the teeny movement of this all-to-swift creature!

16 Dec 2009 7:35pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific capture. We have lots of squirrels that play in our yard and trees.

16 Dec 2009 7:50pm

@john4jack: I suppose I should expect to see less of them now that winter is here, other than foraging for some food they wil be hiding away during the cold weather.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

we must have weird squirrels down here..,they just stand and look at you !!!

16 Dec 2009 11:47pm

Mirza Ahmad from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Take some nuts with you next time ...

16 Dec 2009 11:49pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Awesome... I love squirrels but of course they're not easy to photograph... even with a good zoom !

17 Dec 2009 1:00pm

jeanclaude from st mande 94160, France

adorable ecureuil

19 Dec 2009 4:28pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Adorable squirrel (I love them all) and interesting processing!

19 Dec 2009 8:32pm

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Come for a visit Curly! You can take bake enough to boost the population for good!

22 Dec 2009 8:15pm

1/180 second
ISO 400
450 mm (35mm equiv.)