Monday, 19 April 2010

Red squirrel

Our holiday accommodation in Scotland was on the Glentruim estate at Newtonmore and it turned out to be a major source of the photographs that I took. This red squirrel was a regular each day to the peanut feeder that I had hung outside our kitchen window and it was a great poser. On the last morning I was watching as it picked up the peanuts it had obtained by demolishing the feeder ( no easy task) and going away to hide them. A cock pheasant came along while it was gone and started to eat the peanuts. When the squirrel returned he quickly decided that it was not going to let this upstart pinch his hard earned haul and he brought his tail up over his back and charged right underneath the pheasant which jumped into the air in surprise and soon afterwards departed to leave the victor its spoils. The only shame is that the camera was nowhere near to hand as it would have made a great picture.

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