Another confession time: I am addicted to squirrels. As soon as winter fades away, I am out and about leaving nuts and pestering the poor creatures for photos. No fluffy tail will ever escape my love and care. That is just who I am. A squirrel stalker.
And as it is a Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK, I cannot think of anything better to do than spend this time in parks, watching wildlife. A good picnic would not be bad too, I am afraid no picnic has ever survived a duck invasion under my watch.
These are, of course, the grey squirrels and royal ones at that, as I photographed them in St James’ Park in London. Yes, the evil grey squirrels who killed their red haired cousins and now destroy UK wildlife. Sometimes I feel like I spent half of my life debunking this myth. Maybe professor Acorn can do this for me today.
A great many people consider squirrels to be pests – which makes browsing #squirrel particularly tough during hunting season. I wish people took less pride in killing poor little creatures that can do nothing to defend themselves. But I guess a few photos cannot change the world, can they?
There is usually no zoom involved, especially in the older photographs when I had no camera capable of any magic like that. Sometimes squirrels approach me so close all my pictures end up blurry – and while shooting over in London I did have to wash a squirrel paw print off my lens. No surprise over at my Instagram account people always ask me how do I do it, you know, get that friendly with the squirrels.
Like with any animal photography, I’d say there are only two tips to follow: love your models and give them plenty of food.
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