Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Red Squirrels Return
Until six years ago red squirrels used to visit the bird feeders in our garden regularly. So often in fact that we started to take them for granted. Then they suddenly stopped coming. And we missed them. Just once, four years ago, a single squirrel appeared for a few weeks but since then not one has appeared. So it was with great delight and excitement that my partner arrived at my study door to announce that there was a squirrel on a nut feeder. Work abandoned I dashed to a window to see it hanging on the wire of the feeder and nibbling the peanuts. Again I was amazed at the agility and the ability to eat in any position, even stretched out with the head down.
The sky was overcast with a gusty wind and the feeder was swaying to and fro, not ideal for photography. However this being the first squirrel in so many years I took some handheld shots through the window, which I didn't approach too closely for fear of scaring it away - the feeder is only a few feet in front of the house.
For those interested I used my Canon 450D camera with 55-250 zoom lens. The ISO was 1600 and the settings email@example.com. Raw files processed in Lightroom.