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Every Autumn/Fall I get excited at the thought of getting out to shoot my first Red-Squirrels. When I mean shoot then I am inevitibly talking pictures ;-) Who could even think of really shooting one of these wonderful creatures? Well, unfortunately in England due to a plague of Grey Squirrels in recent years a culling was brought into effect to reduce the Squirrel population drastically. I have seen some butchers have offered Squirrel meat for sale which borders on perverse for me personally.

Although present all year round I tend to make more of a point in Autumn to get out & stake out a place in a local cemetery where they tend to hang out a lot. Sometimes I go with a friend of mine & we spend the lunch break hunting high & low for the little furry cuties. Occasionally we come away disappointed not having one single photo opportunity & other times there is so much activity that you don’t know where to look or shoot first. This often leads to unexpected extended lunch breaks thus an extra overtime in the evening. I can handle that.

“I just need green. I need to wake up & see grass & squirrels. I don’t want to see skyscrapers.”

– Andre Leon Talley

“If you like affection, then about one in three squirrels makes an excellent companion.”

– Bernhard Goetz

“One reason, doubtless, why squirrels are so bold & reckless in leaping through the trees is that, if they miss their hold & fall, they sustain no injury. Every species of tree-squirrel seems to be capable of a sort of rudimentary flying, at least of making itself into a parachute, so as to ease or break a fall or a leap from a great height.”

– John Burroughs

“Through the metal bars of the jungle gym, she watches two gray squirrels chase each other around a tree. Around and around and around. So gratuitous.” 

– Thomas Pierce, Hall Of Small Mammals: Stories

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Did You Know?

Squirrels are extremely intelligent creatures. They are known to put on elaborate bogus food burying displays to deceive onlookers. The fake burials are to trick potential thieves, such as other squirrels or birds, into thinking that they have stored their food stock there. Any observers planning on taking the stash will then focus on the bogus burial site, allowing the squirrel to bury the real stash elsewhere safely.

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