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Title: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Kernuak on October 28, 2012, 06:51:28 AM
I've spent well over four years trying to get a half decent shot of a red squirrel, but after my last trip to Scotland, I have more than I know what to do with.  I also managed to photogarph another iconic species, the mountain hare, as well as a treecreeper.

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8332/8113284356_a3234b0daa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113284356/)
Red Squirrel Eating Hazlenut (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113284356/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8192/8113271113_d7aa17e486.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113271113/)
Red Squirrel Ambush (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113271113/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8196/8113268193_ed5a9233aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113268193/)
Red Squirrel Peek a Boo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113268193/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8327/8113268945_3192cc262b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113268945/)
Resting Mountain Hare (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113268945/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8472/8113266685_bbdb3996cd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113266685/)
Roosting Treecreeper (http://www.flickr.com/photos/15522274@N04/8113266685/#) by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk) (http://www.flickr.com/people/15522274@N04/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: sheedoe on October 28, 2012, 08:08:48 AM
Awesome shots! Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: zim on October 28, 2012, 08:21:29 AM
Love red squrrels, hope it's ok to post this link, love this photogs reds

http://www.ianmason.org/portfolio.php (http://www.ianmason.org/portfolio.php)
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Kernuak on October 28, 2012, 10:05:57 AM
Thanks. I'd love to get some shots in the snow, but unless I can move to Scotland, it's unlikely.
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: GuyF on October 28, 2012, 10:46:51 AM
Really like the shots especially the 3rd one. Where were they taken? There's a big estate near me but you mostly only see grey squirrels  :(
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: MrFotoFool on October 28, 2012, 11:00:31 AM
Those are really nice.  Any chance you saw some scottish wildcats?
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Kernuak on October 28, 2012, 12:50:08 PM
They're taken at the Aigas Field Centre in the Scottish Highlands. Because of the proximity to people on a daily basis, it's much easier to get close to them than usual, even though they are wild. The centre is also involved in a breeding pgoramme for wildcats and I'm sure I saw one there in the Caledonian woodland early one March morning four years ago, but I haven't photographed any, as they are trying to keep human contact to a minimum ready for release of the offspring into the wild in the future. The chance of seeing more than a glimpse of a wild one is pretty remote.
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: bjd on November 01, 2012, 07:39:20 AM
I've spent well over four years trying to get a half decent shot of a red squirrel, but after my last trip to Scotland, I have more than I know what to do with.  I also managed to photogarph another iconic species, the mountain hare, as well as a treecreeper.
Those are great shots. What lens etc. did you use? The 300mm L I assume?
Cheers Brian
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Kernuak on November 02, 2012, 07:13:39 PM
Thanks Brian. The squirrels were all taken with the 300mm f/2.8 L IS, either with or without extender, as was the mountain hare. The treecreeper was taken with the 135 f/2 though and involved some photographic gymnastics :P.
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Malte_P on November 13, 2012, 03:47:25 PM
great images.. great light....
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: ions on November 20, 2012, 05:43:21 PM
Very nice! Well done, thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: skullyspice on November 20, 2012, 06:41:39 PM
Fantastic squirrel shots!
Title: Re: Red Squirrels and other Scottish Wildlife
Post by: Kernuak on November 21, 2012, 03:35:05 PM
great images.. great light....
Very nice! Well done, thank you for sharing.
Fantastic squirrel shots!
Thanks, in some ways, they've been four years in the making. The lighting was a little bit of a struggle in the second squirrel shot and the mountain hare shot (where it was actually raining). The stump had to be positioned carefully  for the two autumn leaves shots, as the sun was quite harsh on the background. Luckily they were used to it by that time after a few days and were quite happy with it being moved a few feet.