Red Squirrels
Intense Nut Harvesters
December 10, 2006


A red squirrel is about half to two-thirds the size of a gray squirrel, but never tell that to a red squirrel. Reds are very territorial and will yell and scold anyone who comes too close.

Like most little animals, a red squirrel is easier to photograph if there's an obstruction between squirrel and photographer.
A red squirrel
A key characteristic of tiny red squirrels is their preference for huge nuts: the bigger the better!
Red squirrel and giant nut
If worried, a red squirrel will freeze in position, and they blend in with their surroundings.
Red squirrel camouflage
Of course, a sunny day and a terrific walnut are well worth a quiet sit and chew.

Red squirrel enjoying a walnut

Red squirrels enliven any forest!

Photo note: I used a Pentax *ist D, with a variety of lenses for these photos, which were taken over the past year.  

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