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Copyright: Dan Sochirca (deud) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 178 W: 7 N: 28] (1328)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus E 410, Olympus Zuiko ED 40-150mm, Kenko Skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-22 14:22
Viewed: 1623
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Several species of squirrels have melanistic phases. In large parts of USA and Canada the most common variety seen in urban areas is the melanistic form of the Eastern Grey Squirrel.

Unlike rabbits or deer, squirrels cannot digest cellulose and must rely on foods rich in protein, carbohydrates, and fat. In temperate regions early spring is the hardest time of year for squirrels, since buried nuts begin to sprout and are no longer available for the squirrel to eat, and new food sources have not become available yet. During these times squirrels rely heavily on the buds of trees. Squirrels' diet consists primarily of a wide variety of plant food, including nuts, seeds, conifer cones, fruits, fungi and green vegetation. However some squirrels also consume meat, especially when faced with hunger. Squirrels have been known to eat insects, eggs, small birds, young snakes and smaller rodents.


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Hi Dan
A veray original posture, as though it were dancing. A good presentation and a very artistic composition.
Nicely done

Ciao Dan,

A good portrait with fine details!
And the little critter puts up a typical attentive pose...
The composition is well balanced from a low point of view, focus is accurate to enhance the subject on the blurry back but
Sharpness and clarity are very well,
also the color and presentation.
Very well done,

Have a nice sunday,


Bonjour Dan
Superbe capture avec d'excellents détails et un très bon rendu du satiné du pelage de l'écureuil.Belle attitude et bonne maitrise de la faible lumière.
Bravo Dan!Catherine

Hi Dan,
Wonderful pose! Beautiful colors and very good details.

Beautiful shot! Lovely expression and pose by the model Squirrel and love the composition you have chosen. The exposure is spot on and the sharpness is exquisite on this one. Well timed and well taken- TFS!



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