Unfortunately, this squirrel isn’t very wild because it’s decided our front yard, porch and bird feeder are its home away from home.
I have to admit that after watching the half-dozen squirrels invading my yard this winter, this little one has tugged at my heartstrings. It’s the smallest, thinnest and has a scar on its back, so more and more often I’ve let it hang out.
Peppermint watches it through the glass door, and it’s become so brave that it stands five feet away and simply watches her back. Today I took out my camera and shot a few images from the doorway as it foraged in the snow. Even with the loud shutter, it stood its ground. I’m not sure if its smarter than the others or just desperate for food!
In any case, it entertained me today and became a nice subject for my Wednesday post.
Very cute !
A squirrel is better than a boar… 🙂
LOL! Yes, that is so true! 😉
Very cute 🙂 Lovely detail!
Thank you, Sarah! This was actually shot with a new lens so I’m happy that you noticed the detail!
Ooh, what did you get? There’s good light and just the right depth of field. My telephoto lens isn’t really good enough. Cheapest one available! I hope to remedy that as soon as I can save enough. It really makes such a difference to have a good lens!
This was taken with the Nikon 80-400. It’s only a 4.5-5.6 so I was worried about it being too slow. But I think with good light it will work into my kit. This was my first day with it.
Having the actual Nikon lens itself will make a difference! I’m using Tamron at the moment 75 – 300 and it really doesn’t cope so well. I get lots of noise and fringing 😦 Ideally I’d love to have the 400 2.8! Lots of money 😮
Yes, that’s a dream lens! I hope to win the lottery one day so I can buy one! 🙂
Ha ha, me too! I’ll add in a few Carl Zeiss lenses if I ever win 😉
As a squirrel Rehabber, I especially like this one! 😉
That’s awesome! I have a question for you, then. Is there a way to tell the gender of the squirrels from a distance? Just curious. Despite this one’s scrawny size, it seems to be dominant over some of the others as I’ve watched it over the past few days.
Little squirrels need love too! Such a sweet one and I hope he/she survives the winter. Thank goodness you shoot with a camera and not with a pellet gun as our “shoot it if it moves” neighborhood is prone to do.
It visited again today, so I threw out some nuts and bird seed on the ground. I’m frustrated with the bigger ones that leap onto the bird feeders and wish there was a way to keep them off, but these little ones are pretty cute.