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By csurry  
Taken today.

More snow, but Edgar, Jan and Will managed to escape, so now in the cottage by myself. Been photographing small birds this afternoon, but waiting for the camera to acclimatise before taking it fully out of the camera bag into the warmth of the cottage.

Thanks for all the feedback on the other two squirrels and all the user awards - most appreciated.

Tags: Scotland Red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris Wildlife and nature Feb 09

Voters: skewey, Glostopcat, motorsportpictures and 258 more

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motorsportpictures 13 289 23 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 5:15PM
Such a very well timed shot, great detail and like the snow falling in the BG it really makes this image.
vickyal 13 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 5:17PM
Gorgeous, great shot, very well captured. :o)
6 Feb 2009 5:20PM
Great shot with nice colour and detail!!!
albi 17 68 1 England
6 Feb 2009 5:21PM
The last time I saw you Cheryl you had a 4x4.... have you not got it anymore? hope you've got enough supplies to last you, could be trapped for ages... Lol...

Nice work.
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
6 Feb 2009 5:22PM
Weather made for Red Squirrels, Cheryl. Ron.
RuthyJ 15 England
6 Feb 2009 5:26PM
What a beautiful image. Gorgeous shot.
DOGSBODY 13 1.4k 30 England
6 Feb 2009 5:28PM
A wonderful pictorial image. Andy
Scaramanga 14 60 6 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 5:29PM
Beautiful image, well done.
Karrol 13 29 England
6 Feb 2009 5:32PM
Just perfect!
Phil_Morgan 15 182 1 Wales
6 Feb 2009 5:32PM
Brilliant Smile
Are you sure that lens is going? Will be a sad day Sad
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 2 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 5:33PM
superb shot
csurry 19 9.2k 92
6 Feb 2009 5:34PM
Ah slightly misleading Tony, I was intending to stay on for another week Grin

So when I say they escaped I mean "thankfully they left" Wink

Thanks all.

Hard to get a bad image with such perfect conditions and well behaved squirrels (not!). That is the squirrels are not performing too well, because they don't seem to want to go across the snow, and who can blame them?
BeiK 15 7 Scotland
6 Feb 2009 5:56PM
Altogether a perfect image, just beautifully done.
colin beeley Plus
19 1.2k 10 England
6 Feb 2009 6:09PM
a great shot ! try puting your camera in a plastic bag then you can take it out to warm up quicker. Smile
ZenTog 20 7.9k 1 England
6 Feb 2009 6:14PM
nice one surry cant even see the nail marks keeping it there.

super work as we expect from you
PattiW 16 24 2 United States
6 Feb 2009 6:22PM
Too precious for words!
SurreyHillsMan 14 27 2 England
6 Feb 2009 6:23PM
Has to be seen large... wonderful

6 Feb 2009 6:27PM
What a fantastic shot of this charasmatic animal. Great!
Iain_Proudfoot 15 40 2 Ireland
6 Feb 2009 6:47PM
A brilliant photograph.

Excellent work.

Warm regards, Iain.
csurry 19 9.2k 92
6 Feb 2009 6:49PM
Thanks all.

Thanks Phil for the UA, really don't want to let this lens go, but I may have to Sad

Yes Colin I know about the plastic bag, just wasn't that organised this afternoon. I even sorted out the lens cover to keep the snow off and then left it behind Smile

No nails Paul, superglued in place by refreezing snow!
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 7:11PM
Great shot showing the squirrel and the weather conditions so well.

JimL 14 367 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 7:15PM
excellent image.well done
rogerbryan 17 397 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 7:47PM
Wonderful image. Choice of composition, level of detail, use of slow shutter speed is just perfect.

CrownJoolz 15 7 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 7:58PM
fantastic - poor little chap out in the snow
6 Feb 2009 8:05PM
what a great photo.great surroundings
Steve_S Plus
16 183 3 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2009 8:42PM
Another great capture Cheryl
rossi 18 142 11 England
6 Feb 2009 8:45PM
Fantastic image

kinfatric 17 550 9 Scotland
6 Feb 2009 10:39PM
a wonderful capture, you must have loads of patience. I see you've had a little snow there too.
Captsaigon 17 1 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2009 9:58AM
At long last a real Squirrel, lovely shot,I like it a lot

MrsS 15 4.5k 18 England
8 Feb 2009 10:14PM
From the title I was expecting a shot of either Stew or Will! Wink

Congrats on the PA Smile

Fran x
mattberry 17 259 14 Greece
8 Feb 2009 11:08PM
If only Red Kites predated on squirrels, a snowy scene of that encounter would make one hell of an EC (or whatever its called these days) and would save space in the gallery - 2 for the price of 1!

Now joking aside, well done for a class shot - the snowy landscape really does add an extra spark of magic and you've composed and taken this with an almost unerving degree of genius!

starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
8 Feb 2009 11:25PM
a real delight to view,beautifully captured.
KP 12 6 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2009 11:28PM
Brilliant just brilliant i am in awe at all the photographers on here
csurry 19 9.2k 92
9 Feb 2009 7:44AM

Quote:From the title I was expecting a shot of either Stew or Will!

Even digital "film" is not worth wasting Wink

Thanks all.

Off to the hide again in an hour. Chance of a sparrowhawk or buzzard and squirrel together Matt, but not seen a red kite in these parts.

Thanks for the PA.
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Feb 2009 8:56AM
the PAs just keep pouring in now... Smile
Boyd 18 11.2k 11 Wales
9 Feb 2009 9:13AM
Well done you.
bfgstew 15 668 105 England
9 Feb 2009 9:20AM
Without doubt the best 'red' i have seen, and PA and POTW are testement to that, well done Cheryl.
bazhutton 14 25 England
9 Feb 2009 9:31AM
Awesome shot. Well done.

Mjhearne 15 432 4 Scotland
9 Feb 2009 9:32AM
49er 15 564
9 Feb 2009 10:01AM
well done.. have to wait a few weeks to upload squirrels then...
t_downes 13 279 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 10:10AM
Great work
Coleslaw 16 13.4k 28 Wales
9 Feb 2009 11:38AM
Congrats on the POTW.
User_Removed 17 17.9k 8 Norway
9 Feb 2009 11:57AM
Well done Cheryl...
MandyD 13 16,777.2k 1 England
9 Feb 2009 12:31PM
Wonderful image, congrats!
mmetzing 14 5 United States
9 Feb 2009 1:19PM
Want to save time on the "camera warming up"? Put a plastic bag (bread sack or similar, turned inside out to rid the bag of crumbs) in your pocket to keep it warm. When done shooting in the cold, place the camera in the bag. Take it inside tighly wrapped. Camera bags are thicker and take longer for the camera to warm up. The bag will condensate on the outside keeping the camera safe from moisture. When the condensation disappears, the camera can be taken out.
jayjay52 13 2 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 2:39PM
Can`t think how I missed this one. It`s lovely.
csurry 19 9.2k 92
9 Feb 2009 5:50PM
Thanks all, a nice surprise.

Funny thing is though my favourite is the running shot! Go figure Grin
hollkj 17 217 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 6:13PM
This really is a magical shot - are you going to enter it to BWPA ? If so don't think I'll bother Smile
streetg 18 68 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 6:42PM
Congratulations Cheryl

9 Feb 2009 7:46PM
RichL 19 66 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2009 9:20PM
Nice pic but what question is it posing? Do you mean poseur?
csurry 19 9.2k 92
9 Feb 2009 10:17PM

Quote:Nice pic but what question is it posing? Do you mean poseur?

Probably but it's been a long week Wink And as a dyslexic I'm allowed a spelling/grammatical mistake or two.

Thanks again.
KTB 13 16 1 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 1:03AM
Fantastic capture - simply perfect !!!!
whiteswan01 13 13 England
10 Feb 2009 9:59AM
well done on image of the week well deserved
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
10 Feb 2009 12:45PM
Beautifully photographed and very cute ....
fossilized 17 79 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 2:11PM
Hazzkat 13 United States
10 Feb 2009 4:50PM
Great capture. Our squirrel were all snug in their nest here during our recent snow storm...
HUMIE 14 2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 4:59PM
Terrific capture....well done on the awards !!

What a wonderful time you must be having....most envious !

RoyBoy 17 303 2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 6:18PM
Missed this before. Lovely!

anpix 13 88 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 6:23PM
Amazing photo

Perfect well done

OAKEY 13 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 7:15PM
Superb image but really must view it LARGE it' Gorgeous. Shaun
csurry 19 9.2k 92
10 Feb 2009 10:37PM
Thanks all.

Yep weather is pretty much perfect Grin Cold though sitting around waiting for the wildlife to appear, but worth it when they do.
MikeRC 16 3.6k United Kingdom
11 Feb 2009 2:53PM
....nice one Cheryl :

csurry 19 9.2k 92
11 Feb 2009 10:28PM
Sorry Bob, just noticed the mod. I really can't tell on the laptop, but whenever I process images I have a standard set of adjustments that works 99% of the time for me. It could be that these images being my first in snow for a long, long time need something extra, but I won't know that for sure until I check them out on the calibrated monitor at the weekend.

Thanks Mike.
chesh 17 45 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 9:45AM
Difficult to see how this could be improved. Lovely
Julian 17 76 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 10:55AM
ok OK Cheryl

A great photo and worthy of awards. Are they feeding and if so, on what kind of things?
The picture has all the right elements with its nice neutral background tones and the white foreground and lovely russety brown of the Red Squirrel. Driving snow/sleet only adds to the image. Well done!

tigertot 18 36 England
12 Feb 2009 1:26PM
Gorgeous shot Cheryl - you truly are an inspiration for me, love looking through your portfolio. Well deserving of all the accolades this photo has received, the snow really adds to the drama of the shot.
Leightonhs 15 155 1
12 Feb 2009 5:08PM
Got to love this shot, the composition, subject and setting. All perfect!

SuziBlue 19 16.2k 10 Scotland
12 Feb 2009 5:13PM
Terrific shot Cheryl. POTWon the front page and itlooked a stunner,soin I came. Fab. Industrial sized click.
csurry 19 9.2k 92
12 Feb 2009 8:02PM
Thanks all.

The squirrels are in an area that has a standard peanut feeder for birds most of the year. Then at certain times that is supplemented daily with hazelnuts.

What attracted me to this was the pose and the lighting on the front of the squirrel afforded by the giant reflector on the ground, the snow.
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2009 10:02PM
a splendid shot attracting many comments - well done
Frank_Reid 16 227 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 8:59AM
Top quality ... what can I say that has not been said.. this is a type of wildlife I would like to try my hand or is it Nikon at...

Mynett 13 142 6 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2009 9:12PM
wow that is a very special picture, so well captured
Linda Smile
fatmod 15 22 England
13 Feb 2009 10:00PM
a truely awesome capture
barry john 17 25 England
14 Feb 2009 2:11PM
outstanding shot love it
Barry John
14 Feb 2009 9:18PM
ABsolutely beautiful, so sharp, such great colours, what a moment. Congratulations, Ingrid.
csurry 19 9.2k 92
15 Feb 2009 8:00PM
Thanks all.

Thanks Jennyk and GWS for your user awards, most appreciated.
KP 12 6 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 12:12AM
Congratulations a truly super shot
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2009 1:12PM
Very deserving of all these awards!!
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2009 12:27AM
Just stunning Cheryl
csurry 19 9.2k 92
25 Feb 2009 4:55PM
Thanks Andrew (anpix) and Tim (tigertimb) for the user awards.
27 Feb 2009 9:56AM
Quite beautiful. Says everything about the red squirrel. Vulnerable, beautiful and worth saving.
Well done. Any chance of buying a print?
Thank you.
Acoustics4me 17 30 New Zealand
27 Feb 2009 9:01PM
Wish we had squirrels cute. Great the rich colour of the squirrel against the white backdrop.
CarolC1 14 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2009 11:43AM
Stunning. Really love this shot. The colours, composition and expression.
csurry 19 9.2k 92
28 Feb 2009 12:18PM
Thanks all.

David, if you want to buy a print just PM me.
Sprigo 12 1 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2009 10:28AM
I love these shots. Fantastic composition and capture. Added to fav's
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
3 May 2009 11:19AM
so, is this the POTW I missed and never found your home ??

SUPERB in every way!!

Emmog 12 38 1 England
6 May 2009 6:45PM
Great shot. Very nice with it in the snow as well
Downart 15 2
20 May 2009 9:03PM
This is a very well taken image, technically brilliant but also aesthetically pleasing and would look good on any wall.

telstar500 12 5 United Kingdom
22 May 2009 1:19PM
Deserves all the praise it's received - and more. Brilliant shot.

csurry 19 9.2k 92
6 Jun 2009 6:51PM
Thanks everyone, missed some of the later comments, but every one is appreciated.
JessyH 12
11 Jun 2009 10:36AM
That's beautiful!

borrower 12 4 England
16 Aug 2009 2:42PM

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