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Cemetery squirrel (again)

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 30 January 2012 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Last shot of this cemetery squirrel, taken in Harton Cemetery, South Shields.
One of a number that were running about that morning.
Just look at the size of his finger nails!
It's easy to find their favourite trees, these nails tear chunks out of the bark after repeatedly climbing up and down them, now you know why sometimes this "tree rat" is not too popular.

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I like the dynamic composition here, Curly. This guy has a bit of golden-brown on him - the grey squirrels around here are pretty much grey all over.

30 Jan 2012 5:09am

@MissT: It's quite amazing how many folks over here don't know the difference between the grey and the smaller red.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I sure know those claws well after one ran up my leg - a day to remember !

30 Jan 2012 6:47am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great shot, I like this one the best

30 Jan 2012 7:05am

PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Il est tout mignon

Bonne journée

30 Jan 2012 7:48am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Cheeky little b----------

30 Jan 2012 8:12am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Great capture he looks ready for a fight

30 Jan 2012 8:37am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Ooooops upon second glance maybe he doesn't want to fight after all.,

30 Jan 2012 8:38am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

That's great standing pose....wonderful details.

30 Jan 2012 8:44am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific shot. As you say those claws don't do the trees any favours !

30 Jan 2012 9:01am

Florence from Paris, France

How exquisite. You seem to have a lot of fun together. Playing hide and go seek ? :-))

30 Jan 2012 9:25am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Lovely shot , horrible creature(It, not you!)

30 Jan 2012 9:48am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Like its attitude, funny one-on-one encounter.

30 Jan 2012 9:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Looks like he is preparing to attach you (the paparazzi).. lovely shot

30 Jan 2012 9:53am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

I meant attack you :)

30 Jan 2012 9:53am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I saw and stayed glued to the trunk of the tree ... here is much like a bat for the position of the legs ...! Best regards, Adela

30 Jan 2012 10:02am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ... Stunning and superb !

30 Jan 2012 10:09am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***

30 Jan 2012 10:10am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld,old West wales boy., Germany

Your freindly neighbourhood "Spider Squirrel" !!

30 Jan 2012 10:30am

k@ from Paris, France

Ha, what a neat attitude, he seems so happy to see you ,;)

30 Jan 2012 10:35am

STEED from D, France

Wow !!!! Too cute !!!!! And the"clic"just in time........Excellent,Curly !!!!

30 Jan 2012 10:35am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb pose and look. Very nice capture.

30 Jan 2012 10:53am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

well that and the fact that it has taken over the habitat of its indigenous red fellow. Nicely caught though Curly

30 Jan 2012 10:59am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A nice series! I like this photo best of all !

30 Jan 2012 11:37am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful capture

30 Jan 2012 11:53am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

He must of been glad to see this guy with this thing in front of his face leave ;-)))
Great capture Curly!

30 Jan 2012 12:33pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic series on these very animated creatures that seem so full of personality!

30 Jan 2012 12:54pm

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture. He looks like a real little character.

30 Jan 2012 1:07pm

Jaytee from Fresno, California, United States

Beautiful little guy. We have tons of the red squirrels in my neighborhood. I usually only see the gray squirrels in the near by mountains here.

30 Jan 2012 3:21pm

Sujith from Bangalore, India

Good detailing.Mature colours.Neither too dark nor to light.

30 Jan 2012 4:14pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

beautiful animal and portrait. but he may find you annoying ;)

30 Jan 2012 4:28pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What? a camera? I wanted a snack! This little guy is adorable!

30 Jan 2012 4:43pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

:) je le trouve tout de même très mignon !!!:)

30 Jan 2012 5:17pm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot!

30 Jan 2012 5:52pm

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

love animal like this !
so sweet :)

30 Jan 2012 6:15pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture and natural colors!

30 Jan 2012 6:29pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

He looks like he is ready to pounce on a photographer.

30 Jan 2012 7:12pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Chris would have shot it by now

30 Jan 2012 7:30pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

One step closer buddy and you are in for a spot of trouble!!! Nicely captured Curly! ;-))

30 Jan 2012 7:45pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Is this his natural color? At first I thought you were messing with selective color, but I'm not sure. Have never seen one with this coloring. Cool shot.

30 Jan 2012 7:45pm

@B. Thomas: Oh yes, this grey squirrel is all natural (unless he's just getting elderly)

DenisSm from Prague, Czech Republic

:-) this make me smile....great one :-)

30 Jan 2012 7:46pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

So clear. a little bit scary. really nice capture.

30 Jan 2012 7:50pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An impressive PoV

30 Jan 2012 7:56pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Ha! Funny and charming pose.

30 Jan 2012 8:28pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Looks like you got his attention! Great detail and clarity from 450 mm away.

30 Jan 2012 9:33pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

what a great capture!! Very well done with this little creature looking right at you! Just don't say the "s" word around our dog.....it sets her off!!

30 Jan 2012 10:07pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great shot! He is really checking you out!

30 Jan 2012 10:47pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Wonderful shot, great close up!!! This squirrel seems to be very curious, or he´s really possing :-)))

30 Jan 2012 11:58pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Nice shot! Superb shot!

31 Jan 2012 12:02am

Uistnomad from North Uist, United Kingdom

I think you have a trained Squirrel here; it is posing for you. New photo

31 Jan 2012 3:52am

dean musgrove from Simi Valley, United States

You saved the best for last:)

31 Jan 2012 4:58am

franz from Baden, Austria

looks like a rather nosy fellow ... ;-))

31 Jan 2012 9:44am

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

this one is having a nice stretch. Great shot : )

31 Jan 2012 4:52pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

A great capture, curly...,maybe he's ready to jump on you, if you get too close! LOL. ;OD

1 Feb 2012 9:14am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Curious fellow...nice shot

1 Feb 2012 4:42pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Chris and Ronnie were lamenting how they have pushed out your native red squirrels.

1 Feb 2012 10:57pm

pip from United Kingdom

we destroyed the trees/habitat that the red squirrels needed to survive. some very ignorant people !!! Good new for the haters of the beautiful grey squirrels is that SOUTH SHIELDS COUNCIL has put traps up to KILL them.

22 Aug 2013 9:27pm

1/60 second
ISO 800
450 mm (35mm equiv.)