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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 obviously mean shooting pictures ;-) Who could even think of really shooting one of these beautiful creatures? Well, unfortunately in England for example due to a plague of Grey Squirrels in recent years a culling has been brought into effect to reduce the Squirrel population drastically. I have seen that some butchers have been offering Squirrel meat for sale which for me personally borders on perverse.

Although present all year round I tend to make more of a point in Autumn to get out and stake out a place in a local cemetery where they tend to hang out a lot. Sometimes I go with a friend of mine and we spend the lunch break hunting high and low for the little furry cuties. Occasionally we come away disappointed not having one single photo opportunity and 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.


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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