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July 19

July 19

California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus Beecheyi)

I can walk with flip flops now, so we drove to La Jolla for a walk and I took my gear for shooting Pelicans in the air with me.
Severe shortage of Pelicans at mid day and also the wrong time of year for them, so I got a photo of this little guy / gal posing instead.
These squirrels are quite numerous along the shore and quite hardy too. It's not unusual for adults to develop an immunity to rattlesnake venom.
Unfortunately people feed them all kinds of human food which is prohibited. I guess people do that because a lot of them will eat out of your hand.

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/1250s f/5.6 at 165.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Christy VB21-Jul-2012 16:43
Great light and color in this shot!
pkocinski20-Jul-2012 22:53
Cute little thing!
Alain Boussac20-Jul-2012 10:23
He is on the alert and his attitude is superb. Excellent composition, too. V.
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography19-Jul-2012 23:16
Cool shot, Vote!
LynnH19-Jul-2012 22:53
Too cute!! He's spotted something. Could be that he thinks your camera is a big black nut! Glad to hear that the toe isn't holding you back! V
Gérard Koehl19-Jul-2012 21:58
Excellente capture. V
Jim Coffman19-Jul-2012 21:58
very cute capture,Walter..
John King19-Jul-2012 21:54
Perfect pose from him and focus from you! V/
Karen Stuebing19-Jul-2012 21:38
What a cutie and he's on the alert for a hand out. Love the light, pose and detail. V.
Helen Betts19-Jul-2012 21:12
This is quite charming, Walter. A cute subject caught in an inquisitive moment, and love your DOF. V.
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