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Gray Tree Squirrel  by Dave Ficke

February 2021 - Gray Tree Squirrel

About the Image(s)

This image was taken off my deck in the Southern California Mountains. I was watching television and was noticing some movement off a Cedar tree just about 10 feet from my deck. I started spying attention and noticed this Gray Tree Squirrel going up and down the trunk of the tree with nesting materials in his mouth. Sure enough there is a big nest another 15 feet above in the tree.
Hopefully there will be little ones in about 45 days and should provide some interesting opportunities when they begin to venture out of the nest.
This was taken with a Nikon D850, ISO 1400 using a 70-200mm lens at 200mm, F5.6 and 1/1000 second. I was braced against the sliding glass door.
Image was cropped and adjusted shadows and highlights

8 comments posted

Dhananjay Rao   Dhananjay Rao
Nice narration. I must admit, when you submitted the image, the thumbnail looked a bit dark. But once I open it and look at it fully, there Is one or two rays of light on the eye - beautifully lighting it up. Hope you get many more opportunities in the upcoming days for you to photo document it.   Posted: 02/08/2021 20:46:53
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Thank you. It's been a hoot to watch the pair building the nest. Our two cats watch with tail flicking back and forth. Fun   Posted: 02/08/2021 21:33:11

Tage Christiansen   Tage Christiansen
Good picture of the squirrel taken where it only stands on the front legs, I would like the squirrel to be a little lighter and the light between the trees got a little darker, so the squirrel became a little clearer, well there is a little light in the eye. I think you get a lot of good pictures when the little ones come out, I'm totally jealous that you have it so close to where it's happening.   Posted: 02/15/2021 08:32:27

Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
Squirrels can be very entertaining and very annoying :). The bright spots in the background are very distracting. I though the squirrel is nicely posed in the frame this would have been a good time to do content aware fill on that upper branch in the corner and crop the lower part of the image to the branch. The light on the tree and branch would benefit by being toned down. Looking forward to seeing images of the little ones.   Posted: 02/15/2021 11:05:09
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
Margaret - Thank you for the input. You are correct that the background lighting is distracting and not much I can do about that. The two branches in the top left corner - yes I could use content aware, but there is a part of me that believes that by doing so starts crossing the line on ethics.   Posted: 02/15/2021 16:27:18
Margaret Frazer   Margaret Frazer
Yes it does cross the line on ethics IF it was a Nature category but this is Nature PLUS which as I understand it does allow for eliminating ie: branches and making minor changes in the image. It would definitely be unacceptable in Nature.
  Posted: 02/15/2021 21:06:41
Dave Ficke   Dave Ficke
I prefer to not unless I specifically say illustrative   Posted: 02/15/2021 21:21:02

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
A nice action shot of the squirrel. The biggest problem with this image is un-even lighting: the body is quite shadowed, the mottled blue sky distracting, and the background limb quite bright. If he is a frequent visitor, perhaps you will get more opportunities in the future.   Posted: 02/26/2021 11:45:22


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