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A short blog about my failed and then successful forays to get some photos of Red Squirrels

we have a thriving Red Squirrel population around Oban and i have no idea why i didn't go out looking for them before. it's easy enough to get photos of them at bird feeders and eating peanuts in peoples gardens, but i wanted to get some in the squirrels natural habitat

I hope you enjoy them.......

Day 1

One of the best areas to see them is around Dunollie woods, this is the Dog Stone and Dunollie Castle in the background

the trail up into the woods

some interesting old trees up in the wood, the area is known locally as 'The Witches' and is reputed to be haunted

and then there was a streak of red in the distance.....

and he didn't stop going till he was out of sight, day one down the drain on the squirrel front.......

so took a few photos of other things......
the obligatory fungi macro shot

liked this splash of colour

and for some reason this pine cone, then it was off home for a cuppa

Day 2

back up the hill into the woods, armed with a pocket full of peanuts

took a different trail up than the day before to loop round to where i'd spotted him.....

hadn't got any where near the spot when this little guy exploded up a tree about 10feet away from me

and boy what a telling off he gave me lol! he didn't stop chattering till i threw out some peanuts.......

that made him pause and give me time to get a few shots

and with that i thought it was enough and left him to it

and just to finish a sunset behind the Dog Stone

well i hope you enjoyed the photos as much as i enjoyed taking them

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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 14:05

A very nice blog Wullie. You certainly found a friendly squirrel there. Well done on some good images. Thanks for posting. I have seen red squirrels when I've been up in Scotland but never been quick enough to get a shot of them.



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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 14:17

Nice little blog Wullie.

We were on a campsite in France this year when a red squirrel came right outside our caravan. My wife was yelling at me to take some photos but I was in the shower at the time. Now, shes no photographer but managed to get a couple of half decent shots with me yelling out instructions through the bathroom window.

It was quite funny and a rare chance for us because we don't get them ,at all, down here.

Thanks for sharing this with us....I'll take some peanuts with us next time.



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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 14:38

A good blog with some great pictures,well done and thanks for posting.


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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 15:12

Great blog,  I`ve only seen grey sqirrels where I live!

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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 15:21

From a 'grey' Squirrell it's great to see some red ones Smile we just don't get them down this way Sad nice blog !!!

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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 18:45

wonderful blog and I respect you for putting the failed shots on this blog reason being Ive seen a lot of your shots and always say wow but its nice to know you have failed shots as well ok not as many as I have lol thanks for sharing.

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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 19:05

super blog Wullie and great shots - beautiful little animals much nicer than the grey ones

thanks for sharing:)

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still checking on you all every now and again !!!


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Date Thu, 08/12/2011 - 20:47

thank you so much for the kind comments folks!

archie2012- i have so many failed shots, i reckon i get 1 half decent one for every 50 i take, usually only post the half decent ones though Wink

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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 06:10

Great stuff, clearly peanuts are the secret weapon! Good to see the other shots of the area as well, though.

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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 12:02

Super blog Wullie.. glad you got some good shots... we only have red squirrels on the I.O.Wight...

...have put you in a link to a wild one I came across last autumn while out with the dog

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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 14:36

An excellent blog, Love it. If only we had Red Squirrels in Essex. A BIG LIKE from me.



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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 18:46

 Great blog, good photos and narrative.

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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 19:07

Sooooo nice to red squirrels.I have a wooded area near my house and see them on the fence posts .Only problem is I'm usually in the car and no time to take pictures but they are cute .I like the flicking tail when they agitated as well.When I'm off over Xmas I'll try and get a nice shot myself and take peanuts with me.Thanks for making my day .


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Date Fri, 09/12/2011 - 19:23

they are such darling little animals that was a wonderful blog

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Date Sun, 11/12/2011 - 17:20

 Oh! you lucky thing. Lovely photographs of such a pretty and rare animal. Only Greys here. Thanks for sharing your pics with us.


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Date Sun, 11/12/2011 - 21:17

Hi loved the way it appeared to be playing with you being to quick to catch but you persisted and boy o boy what a amazing set of pictures excellent extremely well done  a like from me Martin


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Date Tue, 20/12/2011 - 23:44


I am SO envious of you~I have been searching for a very long time and trying to get a pic of a Red, I went to Brownsea Island ealier this year and managed to catch a glimse of a couple, but only got blurred pix. Yours pix are lovely and so is the blog.

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