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Old Feb 13, 2005, 9:57 PM   #1
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This squirrel was obviously told by his friends to hold this cat tail stalk up until they got back with the "Duck" tape to repair it. I watched and shot pictures of this fellow for 5 solid minutes and he never let go. Good thing too, because I am sure it would have started a chain reaction domino effect that would have gone for miles. :lol:
Or they superglued his paws to the stalk as some sort of "new squirrel on the pond" initiation prank.

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Old Feb 13, 2005, 10:06 PM   #2
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Had he been taking a bath? Maybe he was afraid of the water and climbed out quickly and is holding on for dear life.

Either way, nice shot. Interesting scene and nice detail/exposure.

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Old Feb 13, 2005, 10:19 PM   #3
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Thanks Eric,
This was a cropped close up. I have posted the original shot which shows his burrow. Hey, maybe it flooded and he came out in a panic and I found him clinging to the stalk regaing his composure. Yeah, I'm sure that's it.

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 12:01 AM   #4
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Maybe it was his squirrel property marker,and another squirrel was off in the distance with a squiri-theodolite. And he had just received notice his burrow was about to be demolished for a new squirrel bypass.

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 2:33 PM   #5
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smac, I have seen squirrels freeze, like in your case. Don't know why they do that.
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Old Feb 14, 2005, 7:16 PM   #6
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smac, I have seen squirrels freeze, like in your case. Don't know why they do that.
I would guess it's some sort of preservation instinct. It's a "If I don't move they can't see me." kind of thing don't you think? Until what ever is after me gets so close I have to bolt. :G

He was tenacious though, I'll give him that.

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Old Feb 14, 2005, 11:10 PM   #7
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There are several predators of squirrels that are better at seeing motion than detail. So that could definitely be a reason. But not nearly as funny.

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smac wrote:
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smac, I have seen squirrels freeze, like in your case. Don't know why they do that.
I would guess it's some sort of preservation instinct. It's a "If I don't move they can't see me." kind of thing don't you think? Until what ever is after me gets so close I have to bolt. :G

He was tenacious though, I'll give him that.

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must be a ground squirrel thing... i've never seen a tree squirrel do that. they just skitter off up a tree whenever anything gets too close.
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I've seen this before on construction sites. He's surveying. :-)Nice shot.Glad to see you're really using that zoom extender to good advantage. Your pics have been exellent using the panny 1.5. I'm saving my dough.....cheers...thekman.
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Good detail and exposure. Personally, I like the full image because it shows
this fella in its environment.
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