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Never mind getting a photograph, this is the first red squirrel I have ever seen!
Never mind getting a photograph, this is the first red squirrel I have ever seen!

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Challenge: Something New V (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Cumbria
Date: Oct 23, 2014
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/200
Date Uploaded: Oct 24, 2014

I have always wanted to see the native British Red Squirrels, but they are now rare, wth the population decimated by a virus introduced by the American Grey Squirrel around a 100 years ago. There are now small pockets of reds left; a friend told me of a place in Cumbria where I might get to see some - and I was lucky! Now I know where to look I will be making some return trips :)

Not the best photo in the world - 1000ISO, and a little grainy and lacking in fine detail - and a heavy crop, too. They are tiny animals, much, much smaller than their grey cousins, and also much quicker and more agile. Even with a makeshift hide, I needed a longer lens than my 100-400, but perhaps with a couple more trips I may get something better. That said, it is a 5 hour round trip with no guarantee of seeing anything.

Place: 28 out of 63
Avg (all users): 5.6835
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.5143
Avg (non-participants): 5.8182
Views since voting: 185
Views during voting: 154
Votes: 79
Comments: 4
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/02/2014 06:40:42 PM
Lovely shot! The grasses in the background give it an air of fairyland.
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11/01/2014 11:16:17 PM
Nice looking squirrel.
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10/31/2014 01:23:55 PM
I like the way this is and hope others do too.
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10/30/2014 09:04:30 PM
Very cute I like the shallow depth and the sharpness nicely composed i,m giving this a bump came back too review.
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