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Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed.

By Tooma
I was standing in the back garden recently, camera in hand, watching the birds coming and going at the feeding chair, when two young squirrels appeared from the rear left, one chasing hard after the other, siblings I think. They dropped down from the trees, onto the fence, moving rapidly, down the fence into the garden, the leader, the chasee, shot past my feet, almost making contact, but the chaser stopped short, reversed slowly while looking right at me, then jumped up onto the wall, where he glared at me in a sort of baleful embarrassed way - then I shot him - three times - before he was up and away, over the fence. They can be funny to watch.

V1 and V2 are the other two pics.

Tags: Photo journalism Garden Young Wildlife and nature Sqirrels

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taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
28 Nov 2018 1:39AM
They can be so naughty--and a major nuisance---Also so very cute!

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Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
28 Nov 2018 1:51AM

Quote:They can be so naughty--and a major nuisance---Also so very cute!

I had two get into the loft a few years ago, Jenn, so readily agree with you. They seem to have a thing for chewing cables. One found its own way out, and I trapped the other one. He was not chuffed when I caught him, had a right hissy fit when I lifted the cage and carried him outside, lol.
28 Nov 2018 2:39AM
Cute, great capture.
Wonderful closeup capture well done.
WesternRed.
28 Nov 2018 8:41AM
Super set Tom, version 1 a slight favourite,
Fred.
28 Nov 2018 9:06AM
Good to see he survived a triple 'shooting', Tom!! SmileSmileSmile
Three excellent, well detailed captures of little fella.
I wonder if he's got his eyes on your bird feeders!!

RichardSmile
mac Plus
18 6 Scotland
28 Nov 2018 10:18AM
When we lived in Perthshire we used to have red squirrels hanging on the bird nut feeder having a meal. A delight to watch.
ian
28 Nov 2018 10:52AM
Superb set
28 Nov 2018 11:06AM
A great set of images Tom, accompanied, as I have come to expect, by a cracking narrative! SmileSmileSmile
richmowil Plus
11 412 2 England
28 Nov 2018 5:36PM
Glad to make this a n TC Tom, V1 shines for me today!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 675 England
28 Nov 2018 8:45PM
Very nice captures, but still a varmint Smile
Tooma Plus
4 2.1k 3 Scotland
28 Nov 2018 9:25PM

Quote:Very nice captures, but still a varmint Smile
"Varmint" - such a great word - not heard nearly enough. It conjures up memories of drygulching bad-ass bandits after ill deserved gain, and honest Sheriffs on the chase to catch those varmints, then have their well trained horses called, Trigger, and Silver, back kick them into handily placed horse troughs, then haul their sad asses into the town jail. Oh yea, pardner. I can see it all in that one word.
Big John of the Wayne went after a few o' them varmints too, and he, like the Mounties of old, always got his man, that darn varmint.
Great word, lol.

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