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Here's Why

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 29 April 2013 in Animal & Insect.

Remember that upset squirrel from yesterday? Here's why she assumed that aggressive posture. See the nose in the hole in the tree? She was warning me to stay away. I backed off right away.

I can't figure out why she would have a nest so close to the ground in a park with dogs and kids running around. But, I guess none are too anxious to call her bluff.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Life is sometimes a gamble. Maybe that was a hole in its view, a great place to nest. Let's hope that all goes well.

29 Apr 2013 5:34am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Fantastic capture and lightning

29 Apr 2013 5:37am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Fantastic capture Steve, a superb shot

29 Apr 2013 6:22am

☺ ► ƸɼiϾ ◄ ☼ from Narbonne, France

nice camouflage hair colors, and a great meting for you
have a nice day ☼

29 Apr 2013 6:25am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

beauty shot

29 Apr 2013 6:56am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, the mysteries of Nature . . a neat find well presented, Steve.

29 Apr 2013 7:05am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

He is brave. :)

29 Apr 2013 7:21am

PATRICK from miramas, France

another very great capture

29 Apr 2013 7:33am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une très belle capture ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

29 Apr 2013 7:44am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Auf der Flucht. Super Aufnahme.

29 Apr 2013 7:56am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Excellent shot, we better leave her to get on..

29 Apr 2013 8:39am

Focales from Rhône-Alpes, France

Cute and adorable squirrel !

29 Apr 2013 9:04am

omid from mashhad, Iran

:) very nice!!!!
so beautiful colors & lights!

29 Apr 2013 9:30am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb photo ...Moving to see te nose in the ole !!

29 Apr 2013 9:38am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful shot. Let the cute little squirrel be happy and safe. :)

29 Apr 2013 9:40am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

So kawaii, good capture

29 Apr 2013 9:55am

Devi from Chennai, India

Brilliant shot Steve !!!! Can see the bay nose!!! Fantastic !!!

29 Apr 2013 10:54am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

No place like home even to a little squirrel, nice to know it has its territory pegged
out so well, beautiful image, not sure if I would run, unless it was a crows nest !~

29 Apr 2013 11:11am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, these last two shots are just superb! I absolutely love the postures you captured the squirrel in, and the lighting is just sooo perfect. Well done! 5*

29 Apr 2013 11:26am

julie from Aregno, France

Excellent ! Superbe lumière ! Bravo Steve ! Je te souhaite un bon début de semaine.

29 Apr 2013 11:51am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light and textures in this shot Steve! Well seen and captured! ;-)

29 Apr 2013 1:36pm

franz from Baden, Austria

no wonder she was angry !!! i applaud your presence of mind to grab your camera and go click ... ;-))

29 Apr 2013 2:08pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

Both yesterday and today tell a story of a mama looking out for her baby!
Well seen and recorded!

29 Apr 2013 2:11pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Very nice story and captures!

29 Apr 2013 2:58pm

don from United States

A fine action shot of this squirrel doing her thing. You caught a critical moment very well.

29 Apr 2013 2:58pm

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

This squirrel is beautiful !!

29 Apr 2013 3:07pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Such beautiful detail

29 Apr 2013 3:58pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

On voit bien la plante vert et il file géniale cpatage.

29 Apr 2013 4:32pm

Helys from Paris, France

Great angle, colors, textures, lighting, DOF

29 Apr 2013 4:35pm

Andrea from Salamanca, Spain

Que buena captura, muy buena!

29 Apr 2013 4:51pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent capture with the squirrel defending the nest. The nose appearance is fantastic.

29 Apr 2013 5:09pm

Patrick M. from Lille, France

Oops, he saw me and he goes

29 Apr 2013 5:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Nice action shot. A cute little nose peeking out too.

29 Apr 2013 5:38pm

Olivier Rault from Bayeux, France

Une splendide lumière, magnifique !

29 Apr 2013 6:24pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Wow! Now I'm trying to imagine an aggressive squirrel... still, wouldn't want one running up my trouser leg...

29 Apr 2013 10:41pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

don't mess with moms

29 Apr 2013 10:57pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fabulous capture with very attractive colors and light!

29 Apr 2013 11:24pm

Jojigirl from Badian, Philippines

a very protective mom...

30 Apr 2013 12:02am

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful textures and detail captured in this shot!! Interesting sunlight that provides a vignetting feel with the shadows that seem to surround this shot.

30 Apr 2013 2:06am

L'angevine from Angers, France

bien saisi

30 Apr 2013 7:18am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan I see! Very beautiful tree trunk brought into view with such details! The same is true about the body of the squirrel, all colours and details are coming through on that extended body!
If it really gets angry...might it jump on people's heads?!

30 Apr 2013 9:21am

Longroute from Cagliari, Italy

Another interesting shot where action is involved.

30 Apr 2013 1:32pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Good capture! I thought that squirrels made nest out of leaves higher in the canopy.

1 May 2013 1:15am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Oh gee, thanks a lot for sharing ! It is interesting, the one in the trunk does look like it's saying back off ! or else...but then I don't get either why they would be there so low. The one outside it doesn't look as friendly and it adds to the image. Great catch !

1 May 2013 2:01am

@Abena: The one outside is the mama squirrel and she's protecting her youngster in the nest. She's in a very aggressive stance and mood.

Diana from Olympia, United States

Great texture and color

1 May 2013 9:19pm

Nance E from Cary, United States

Great shot! Love the lighting and shadows. SHE looks like she is coming after you! Maybe she missed class the day they taught where to build your nest!

3 May 2013 1:53am