Red squirrels are an endangered species in the UK, their numbers threatened by disease, grey squirrels and habitat loss.

There are still a few places where they are to be found, one of which is the Lake District where this extremely tame fellow lived with a few others in the garden of the house where we were staying.

They all seemed to spend their time collecting nuts from the bird table and burying them around the garden. They certainly had no fear of humans and would join us at the garden table if there was a chance of a nut to be grabbed.

Canon 40D with 10-22mm EFS lens at 22mm; ISO800 f4.5 1/400
Number of views on 14 October 2011: 553

Living for partly in Italy, partly in Phuket and partly in other locations around the world – Hong Kong & Kenya when I can – I spend a lot of time photographing anything and everything. I particularly enjoy the challenge of capturing shots of wildlife large and small – from elephants to insects. A wider selection of my work can be seen on my website at

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  • cammiecakes
    cammiecakesover 5 years ago

    Hehehehe awe great capture…puts a smile on your face.

  • Thanks cammie. As a brand new bubbler at the time you posted your comment, I was confused as to how to reply. However, better late than never, so thanks again.

    – David Clarke

  • Tara Filliater
    Tara Filliaterover 5 years ago


  • Tara, as a new bubbler when you posted your comment, I got confused over the replies so you probably didn’t see my note. Anyhow, I’m getting better at it now. Thanks very much for your comment, much appreciated.

    – David Clarke

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Thank you both, it’s amazing to me how quickly my first uploads have been viewed. Just looked through both you portfolios – inspiring stuff; I look forward to seeing more.

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 5 years ago

    A fabulous close view of these lovely animals

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 5 years ago

    Thanks very much

  • Jennifer Ferry
    Jennifer Ferryover 5 years ago

    lovely and fun shot.

  • Thanks Jennifer, sorry for the late reply to your comment.

    – David Clarke

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...over 5 years ago

    What a great capture, what a shame that they are endangered. I loved to watch them when I used to live in Holland. They are wonderful animals.

  • Thanks very much, Esther. Yes, they are cute little animals and not so often seen now in the UK.

    – David Clarke

  • Jane Marin
    Jane Marinover 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, David. Wish we had such photogenic wildlife in my part of the world!!

  • Jane, thanks very much – sorry, I missed your comment when you posted it – much appreciated.

    – David Clarke

  • Karen Kaleta
    Karen Kaletaover 5 years ago

    I love this shot. We have flying squirrels that are also endangered but I always have some here on the property. Hard to catch in a photo since those little guys are nocturnal. These little red squirrels though we call “Boomers” and they are rare here too. This is a wonderful capture!

  • Thanks so much, Karen. This fellow was in the UK, in the Lake District. In Tuscany we have a type that is much darker and definitely shyer. A challenge for me when we return there next week is to try to get some shots of one.

    – David Clarke

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

    Great work, David!

  • Many thanks, Cora, much appreciated!

    – David Clarke

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