Photographer's Note

This is probably the most beautiful red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) I have ever seen! Even with his muddy face hehehe… Maybe one in a hundred comes with a fur colour like this, and look at the thick fluffy tail…

Last year he was born in a large pine just outside my backyard, and I watched him grow up with his siblings during the summer of 2010. As nature prescribes they left the nest July/August and I haven’t seen him since, until he turns up for a photo session 12 months later!

I have earlier posted an image showing him in early June last year, with his sister in front: This one was taken just after the puppies left the nest for the first time, and they are still friendly toward each others…

It was real fun to watch him exploring the childhood ground, but I never saw him enter the tree where he was born! Fortunately I was able to capture this beautiful animal running around, and this image is one in a series of around 20-25.

I was really surprised as he obviously recognized me, otherwise he would never come close to be patted and to have his nut reward!

But it was only a brief visit and I haven’t seen him since…

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Additional Photos by Pablo Minto (pablominto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9892 W: 315 N: 14432] (53746)
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