Isle of Wight Red Squirrels by Jason Swain. I snuck up one of these lovely little isle of wight red squirrels who was helping himself to my hazelnuts in the back garden. Although he was sat in the shade, and maybe not immediately in the perfect photographic conditions because of that, I managed to get myself into a nice position for a bit of background bokeh from the sunlit evergreen bush behind him.
Shot using the Sigma 50-500mm telephoto lens on the Canon 6D camera body. Needed to use really high ISO (2000) because he was in the shade, but the 6D handles that so well and you would never guess without looking at the exif data.
Exif Data = f/6.3 at 1/250 iso2000 500mm
Here’s a little extra background info taken from wikipedia.
The red squirrel is a solitary animal and is shy and reluctant to share food with others. It eats mostly the seeds of trees, neatly stripping conifer cones to get at the seeds within. Fungi, nuts (especially hazelnuts but also beech and chestnuts), berries, young shoots, and bird eggs are occasionally eaten.Often the bark of trees is removed to allow access to sap. Between 60% and 80% of its active period may be spent foraging and feeding. Excess food is put into caches, either buried or in nooks or holes in trees, and eaten when food is scarce. Although the red squirrel remembers where it created caches at a better-than-chance level, its spatial memory is substantially less accurate and durable than that of grey squirrel; it therefore will often have to search for them when in need, and many caches are never found again.
Isle of Wight Red Squirrels, originally uploaded by s0ulsurfing.
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