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Squirrels!

Discussion in 'Nature' started by TonyTurley, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    My wife and I rented a cabin at North Bend State Park in northern WV last week, and our children and their families joined us for a long July 4th weekend. After a very hot Monday, the weather every other day was quite mild; cool mornings and moderately warm days, the sun streaming through the tall tree canopy, and sunbeams and shadows dancing about in the constant gentle breeze. With the absence of traffic sounds and the constant echo of bird and animal calls, it was bliss. It didn't take long for the squirrels to notice when someone was on the deck, and I even caught one staring at me through the window from the railing while I was sitting at the kitchen table. They would cautiously approach to within a foot sometimes, begging for treats. Although it is typically not a good idea to feed wild animals, we did treat "our" squirrels. I'm just beginning to work my way through the hundreds of photos I took with two different cameras during the week. These were taken with a NEX-6 and either a MD 50/1.4, or 135/3.5, depending on how far away the squirrel was - which was usually not far. Did you know squirrels growled? They got quite chippy with each other in their feeding frenzies, and several times I heard one growl when another one tried to get their treat. They sounded just like a cat growling. The last photo with the 135 took place after our dog came to the screen door, saw the squirrels, and barked at them. Three of the little guys rocketed up this tree, and one sneaked back around to see if the dog was still there. It stayed in the same pose for about 15 minutes.

    Tony

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  2. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Sounds like a good weekend !
     
  3. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    It was indeed. The whole week was fantastic, and I didn't miss the grind and bustle of daily life one bit.

    Tony
     
  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    They are curious critters, especially when people are feeding them.
     
  5. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    That they are.
     
  6. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013
    Nice, these critters give some really cool shots.
     
  7. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    Thanks, they do indeed.
     
  8. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013

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  9. LoFi

    LoFi TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 16, 2013
    Eliot
    you need....

    wifi!

    put that camera where the squirrels go, and turn on the wifi and take snaps from far away while it comes up to check out the camera! :D
     
  10. izzikiorage

    izzikiorage TalkEmount Veteran

    323
    Jul 30, 2013
    I've seen a couple of shots of squirrels peering into cams. It's worth a try I guess, will put some nuts near the lens to give them an added incentive :)

    hope they don't run off with it :D
     
  11. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary

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  12. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    Here is one I may have posted also d848de7f39df71ef2021d2616bc948e3.
    Sorry if this offends.
     

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  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Couple of great images and fun moments
     

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  14. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    Listening for falling nuts, surely?
     

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  15. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Gary
    Hmmm . Hate to dampen the moment, but that squirrel is dead or very sick. They don't do that. :(
     
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  16. José De Bardi

    José De Bardi Assistant in Virtue

    Aug 31, 2013
    Dorset, UK
    José
    World. Destroyed. Thanks.

    :(
     
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  17. Deadbear77

    Deadbear77 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Sep 14, 2012
    Northeast Ohio
    Kevin
    It's dead. I didn't kill it. But I did see it fall from a tree.
     
  18. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Apr 24, 2013
    West Virginia, USA
    LOL. I was wondering why 11 new thanks suddenly apeared on my OP. :)

    Tony