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Red Squirrel enjoying nut
This photo was taken at the Bird Hide at Wallington Hall which is a Country House & gardens located about 12 miles west of Morpeth near the village of Cambo in Northumberland. It has been owned by the National Trust since 1942 after it was donated complete with the estate & farms by Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan the first donation of its kind & it is a Grade I listed builiding. The hide has just started getting the red squirrels back after the greys were getting trapped & getting rid of as they were passing a disease onto the reds & killing them.
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Album name:Helen / Helen/ Helen's Album
Camera:Canon 70d
Lens:Canon EF300mm f/4
Editing Performed:shadow highlight, brightness contrast, cropped & sharpened.
File Size:856 KB
Date added:Mar 15, 2014
Dimensions:2000 x 1753 pixels
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Date Time:2014:03:14 23:12:47
DateTime Original:2014:02:02 13:06:25
DateTime digitized:2014:02:02 13:06:25
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Exposure Time:1/30 sec
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alanuk  [Mar 16, 2014 at 05:37 PM]
They are such engaging characters and you've caught its character very well. The focus looks good, too; not easy to do with that length of lens. I like the pose you've captured; he looks like he's trying to hide food in his paws. Love the ear tufts.
JOHN  [Mar 16, 2014 at 08:25 PM]
Cute little chap, it looks like he's saying his prayers.
Focus is pretty good especially considering the 300mm, so well done with holding the camera so steady.
Mazda_Man  [Mar 17, 2014 at 03:34 PM]
He seems to have made himself at home here Helen. I have to agree that your choice of aperture/shutter speed is not ideal, but given 1/30 sec which generally 1/450sec is called for you have proved to have an extremely steady hand.
Funny how his ears have been pushed forwards with his tail! Nice one Helen.
Helen  [Mar 17, 2014 at 04:25 PM]
Thanks Guys , I certainly haven't got a steady hand, I had a seat in the hide and rested it on the ledge so it was steadier. Will check the settings the next time & set it to 1/450 sec thanks.
Silversnapper  [Mar 17, 2014 at 05:26 PM]
Helen, unless you prepare yourself before hand for these sort of shots, the golden rule always is 'grab the shot and then, if you have the time, adjust the settings'. In this situation, you would only have been able to up the shutter speed to 1/60th sec then the lens would have been wide open at f4! You would then have had to jack the ISO setting way up to give you a faster shutter speed. - by which time he would have finished his lunch and scarpered! As it is, the dof at the present f8 is so small that his claws are in focus but it is starting to fall off by the time you get to his nose and eyes so you would have had to raise the ISO even higher to get to something like f11 or above. So, do the Boy Scout/Girl Guide thing and 'Be Prepared' beforehand. Nonetheless, it's a cracking shot of this cute little fella, well done!
George  [Mar 17, 2014 at 07:08 PM]
What a smashing shot this is Helen.
A gorgeous Red Squirrel posing for you, what a treat, very well done.
Beermonsta  [Mar 17, 2014 at 08:59 PM]
You have captured the squirrel enjoying his nuts very nicely helen, a nice pose and eye contact too. This certainly has the Awww factor Well done.
Helen  [Mar 18, 2014 at 08:08 PM]
Thank you very much for the comments.
Photojunkie  [Mar 20, 2014 at 12:16 AM]
wow Helen - apologies for being late on this but this is smashing! You are so lucky, I can never get Any wildlife to stop long enough for me to look at it never mind snap at the blighters (including my cat!)
Helen  [Mar 20, 2014 at 06:26 PM]
Thank you Barbara, I was lucky as he decided to sit & eat the nuts, so I just snapped while I had the chance before he disappeared.
SteveT  [Mar 31, 2014 at 04:41 PM]
Very nicely captured shot well taken in difficult conditions
Helen  [Mar 31, 2014 at 06:25 PM]
Thank you for your comment Steve