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I figured these little guys on the Isle of Wight deserved their own post, being the indigenous but underdog species of squirrel in the United Kingdom. They have been almost been completely driven from the UK mainland (save for a few protected sites) since the introduction of the larger American grey squirrel, which not only carries a disease that is toxic to reds but also forced reds from their habitats. I have nothing against the grey squirrel, which is now ubiquitous and common everywhere, but it was a rare treat to finally photograph the smaller and more exotic red. Fortunately, there are no greys on the Isle of Wight to threaten the reds.Most of these were taken at the rear of the hotel where we stayed as they had feeders with monkey nuts out for the taking. There were at least two squirrels, one of which understandably bolted at the sight of me, but the other seemed fairly oblivious and allowed me the privilege of getting closer. That was lucky since I did not have my zoom lens with me, and all of these were taken with the Olympus 60mm F/2.8 (120mm equivalent FOV).

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I figured these little guys on the Isle of Wight deserved their own post, being the indigenous but underdog species of squirrel in the United Kingdom. They have been almost been completely driven from the UK mainland (save for a few protected sites) since the introduction of the larger American grey squirrel, which not only carries a disease that is toxic to reds but also forced reds from their habitats. I have nothing against the grey squirrel, which is now ubiquitous and common everywhere, but it was a rare treat to finally photograph the smaller and more exotic red. Fortunately, there are no greys on the Isle of Wight to threaten the reds.

Most of these were taken at the rear of the hotel where we stayed as they had feeders with monkey nuts out for the taking. There were at least two squirrels, one of which understandably bolted at the sight of me, but the other seemed fairly oblivious and allowed me the privilege of getting closer. That was lucky since I did not have my zoom lens with me, and all of these were taken with the Olympus 60mm F/2.8 (120mm equivalent FOV).

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Den.Jun 9, 2016 11:31 PM

I think anybody caught bringing grey squirrels to this island is put in prison .

PhilJun 11, 2016 03:28 AM

Great shots of a wonderful creature.

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