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    Ground Squirrel

    In the Khutse Game Reserve Botswana larger wildlife is hard to find and a lot of time is spent making the best in the campsite. This particular campsite is shared by Ground Squirrels and once they get used to us they become quite confiding.

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    C&C most welcome

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    Nice sharp image! The squirrels around here are much too skiddish to get close shots like these.

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    Real nice (sharp) pics Clive.
    Which gear did you use?

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    I like the closeup #1, nice study. #2 I wish you had the entire animal (tail included) but it is a a good image of the squirrel in it's environment. Are these guys in colonies; like the Richardson's Ground Squirrel or Prairie Dogs in the North American prairies, or solo like Chipmunks?

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    Thanks all for the C&C. Frank - it took many hours for the squirrels to get used to us in the campsite, sometimes they are impossible to photograph.

    Pierre - many thanks, at the time I was using my Sony DSCH1 with the teleconversion lens, although not a very flexible camera compared to a DSLR but it still works.

    Trevor - many thanks, I must look back at the original image and see if I cropped the tail! The Ground Squirrel does live in colonies or loose family groups.

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    Squirrels will become your friend in seconds if you have peanuts to hand out.

    #1 is a top shot, I really like it. #2 is nice but as the replies ahead of mine say...

    Btw, there is a Squirrels thread in this same subforum where some of us share our squirrel shots. You may wish to put there as well.

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    These are your best shots Clive.

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    Very nice Clive. I laughed outloud when the first one came up. Very curious fellow.

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    Re: Ground Squirrel

    Bobo - ours like peanuts as well, but they take them underground, probably for a squirrel banquet when it gets dark. I will post some more on the "squirrel thread"

    Mark and Paul - many thanks.

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