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Old Feb 22, 2010, 4:38 PM   #1
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Default Western Specialty II - California Ground Squirrel

These California Ground Squirrels were very tame, sharing a coastal overlook with a great many equally tame Ring-billed Gulls, all begging handouts from the tourists. These squirrels are not in the best of condition, as they are shedding their coats and bear scars from being pecked at by the overly aggressive competing gulls. An example in better condition can be seen in this older thread: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...ndal-work.html
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Like the pix...I note the alopecia spots...I wonder if the Squirrel is missing fur due to stress, nutrition or possibly a narrow escape from a predator.
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Like the pix...I note the alopecia spots...I wonder if the Squirrel is missing fur due to stress, nutrition or possibly a narrow escape from a predator.
Thanks, Les. I think these represent three different individuals - 1, 2-4, and 5. They might have been fighting among themselves over peanuts, but I think it is just due to nips from the numerous Ring-billed Gulls chasing off their competitors for tourist handouts.
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Another great series - well photographed and very interesting natural history as well. Thanks!
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Another great series - well photographed and very interesting natural history as well. Thanks!
And thank you for the kind words..
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Good series Pen. Reminded me of a Squirrel fight I witnessed one time when my wife tossed a cracker to one, and another one thought it should be his.
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Very nice shots, all the squirrels I see when I am in San Diego have spots that are more pronounced than those in your photos, or are they a different type of ground squirrel?

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Hiya! I especially like one and four... I like the use of the background in the picture, and the way the squirrel is situated. Very nice pictures! Ned
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Thanks, GW, Tom, and Ned for looking and commenting.

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Very nice shots, all the squirrels I see when I am in San Diego have spots that are more pronounced than those in your photos, or are they a different type of ground squirrel?
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Tom, there is only one ground squirrel in the California coastal zone, so they must be the same. These are not in good coat, so some of the difference may be due to seasonal molt or possibly individual variation - there is more gray on the neck of a couple of these than you usually see. They did pose nicely, though, which is why I used them.
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A cooperative subject is always the subject I prefer to shoot and yours were almost posing for the shots.

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