At the minute there are a number of baby grey squirrels in the wood. I know that they are regarded by many as a pest. It is also sad that they introduced squirrel pox that has been responsible for the loss of so many of our red squirrel population.
However, this does not stop my enjoyment of their antics.
The ones about in our woods are normally very wary of people unlike some areas where they are fed. Usually it is impossible to get close.
However, there is a group right now of baby ones who seem unperturbed by me and my camera.
Affectionately I have named them the three musketeers. I always assumed that they were born with good climbing skills but, having observed them for a while now, nothing is further from the truth. This little one is amusingly inept and is forever falling from the tree into branches and on the floor and then looking at me as if to say, hmmm..
He climbs about a foot up and then slides about three down. No doubt his climbing skills will quickly improve, they have learned to bury nuts and food ready for the winter and can often be found bouncing around the base of the trees. I liked this image because although it is a little dark, it was lovely to see the sun shining through his bushy tail.
I also treated myself to a macro lens this week. Sadly, since it arrived it has rained ever since. But, as it is a 2.8 aperture, I decided to take it into the wood and check out how it handles in the most appalling of conditions. So these are non- macro, macro shots ;-)
I think he has spotted me, lol. But, at the minute, thankfully they remain unconcerned by me. As for the Sigma 150mm macro. Well, I am very impressed by the initial performance, even if it isn't quite being used in it's traditional sense!
To show what poor light these were taken in, he flicked his tail on this one! Impressive performance by subject and lens :-D