A Columbian ground squirrel (Urocitellus columbianus) lets out a formidable chirp as it communicates with others in the vicinity. The note is very similar to a bird, and could easily be mistaken for an avian at times when the ground squirrel is not visible. The meadow teemed with the singing rodents, with the air filled with an unceasing march of high-pitched calls.

Canon EOS 60D
Canon EF 300mm 1:4 L IS USM
300mm, 1/400 sec, f / 5.6, -2/3 EV, ISO 125
Hand-held

E. C. Manning Provincial Park, BC
30 Jun 2011

Featured in Squirrels and Chipmunks on 09 Aug 2011.
Featured in Animal & Wild Bird Photography on 13 Aug 2011.

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Comments

  • linaji
    linajiabout 3 years ago

    how can one not fall in love with our dear friends in nature with shots like these.. a fav for my smile today

  • Thank you, linaji. I had a fun time crawling on the ground with these critters to capture this shot.

    – Wolf Read

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Awesome!!!! LOL
    Don’t forget to enter our Open Wide Challenge :-)

  • Thank you, lorilee. I have entered the photo into the challenge.

    – Wolf Read

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 3 years ago

    Love it! Great work on DOF and composition.

  • Thank you, Eivor.

    – Wolf Read

  • William Brennan
    William Brennanabout 3 years ago

    I wonder what he’s singing? LOL. Great shot Wolf! =)

  • Thank you, William.

    – Wolf Read

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your SWEET image is being FEATURED
    in the group, “Squirrels and Chipmunks!!!”

  • Thank you much for the feature! The is very appreciated.

    – Wolf Read

  • SSchwarting
    SSchwartingabout 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh…this is so adorable! Congratulations on your well deserved feature!

  • Thank you , Susan.

    – Wolf Read

  • Maria  Gonzalez
    Maria Gonzalezabout 3 years ago

    Columbianus..like me! hahha (I am from Colombia South America) :P
    adorable shot!

  • Thank you, Maria. The name Columbia seems to get around. ;^)

    – Wolf Read

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...about 3 years ago

    terrific shot Wolf. I live the low angle

  • Thank you much, Dave. Increasingly, I am enjoying just getting on the ground and taking very low angle shots. It is fun.

    – Wolf Read

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 3 years ago

    Oh wow, say ahhh ! Fantastic capture Wolf and what a gesture from this little guy !!! A winner !

  • Thank you much, Gisela. This shot too a few tries, and I glad I took the time during a tight travelling schedule that day.

    – Wolf Read

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic capture, what a chubby little guy.

  • Thank you much, Jan. This particular squirrel was definitely well-fed, among the others in the vicinity.

    – Wolf Read

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