Red Squirrel photo opportunity by Jason Swain. Playing peek-a-boo with a red squirrel in my garden again. It is quite similar in concept to a shot that was popular for me back in 2011, but as its of a different squirrel, a different tree and there’s a different camera involved, i thought it was still worth sharing!
Taken using the Sigma 50-500mm telephoto lens on a Canon 6D camera body, this first image is zoomed right in at 500mm, but I’ve also taken a shot from the other end of the range of the 50-500mm telephoto lens for comparison and to show how effective the zoom is (see below)
Red Squirrel photo opportunity, originally uploaded by s0ulsurfing.
Here’s a little extra background infomation on Red Squirrels, 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.
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