Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Wordless Wednesday: The Red Squirrel photo challenge





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This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in July 2012. These images were taken at the Visitor Centre observation window at SWT Reserve Loch of the Lowes.

13 comments:

Gardeningbren said...

What a huge tail compared to ours here in Nova Scotia! Great photos Shirl.

Christina said...

Great capture, Shirl! Squirrels don't visit my garden but it is lovely to see native brown squirrels instead of the dreaded grey ones! Christina

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These are sweet looking little squirrels. We don't have this type of squirrel around here. Great shots.

ShySongbird said...

Lovely photos Shirl! What a beauty it is. I do wish we still had them here!

Have a lovely weekend!

Frank said...

Lovely captures of this very endearing species.

Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

Lovely - I was hoping to spot a red squirrel when we went to Scotland in march and also when we went to Cumbria last year but no joy.

The nearest I've got to wild reds is in Formby Lancashire where they have a protected area for them.

Crystal said...

Great photos. I especially like the middle one where its head has disappeared.

Angela said...

He is too cute. Great pictures!

Mike said...

Stunning Shirl.

I went to Formby Point last week where the reds almost got wiped out with pox.

Good news is I saw around 8.

They are great to see.

Mike

shirl said...

Thanks for your comments everyone :-)

There were two red squirrel kits this day and they were so fast darting in every direction. Thanks for for your kind comments on my photo captures. My hope is that one day they come closer and stay still longer to get better photos.

It really is a shame that this native species is struggling. Fingers crossed conservation methods work in time to save it :-D

Midmarsh John said...

Lovely final shot of the Red Squirrel.

Bob Hilscher said...

Hi there. Great photos. I live in Toronto, Canada, and earlier this year, my wife, Jean, and I were in Ireland where we came upon the rarely seen Red Squirrel. To us, they actually look somewhat like our American Red squirrels, but boy, do they have long ears! We were shocked to learn that U.K. and Irish Red squirrels are contracting the pox virus from Grey squirrels, and dying. We have far to many Grey squirrels here at our feeders. But up north near Algonquin Park we have seen a few Red squirrels. We feel very lucky to have seen two Red squirrels in Ireland. We have posted some of our pictures and video of our Red squirrel sightings in Ireland, and Canada for anyone interested at: http://frametoframe.ca/photo-essay-red-grey-squirrels-canada-ireland


shirl said...

Oops sorry John :-) Thanks, I missed your comment here. I captured a few nice shots on our last visit which I’ll get round to sharing sometime :-)

Hello there, Bob, Thanks for popping by and sharing your stories and link. Oh my… I feel a late night coming on when I pop over to browse your blog. You have some wonderful images there. I have a friend in your area of Canada so it’s great to see what her countryside looks like and the wildlife she will see there. I look forward to my blog visit :-D