Drinking Squirrel by KSkinner


Small (23.2" x 15.5")

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*Squirrel sneaking a drink from the murky swamp waters hanging upside down from a Bald Cypress tree on Bayou Desiard – Ouachita Parish Louisiana.

This is one of my favorite shots and honestly one of my first paddling trips to Bayou DeSiard after returning to Louisiana. I had been away for about 15 years. This scene was less than 50 yards from the Public Boat Launch at Frenchman’s Bend. I have seen this behavior displayed many times since this shot, but oddly never noticed it before the day this image was captured.*

Nikon D1X
Micro Nikkor 55mm 2.8
Manual Focus
Aperture Priority
Shot from pirogue (small Cajun boat)

All work © Keith Skinner – All Rights Reserved
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water, moss, reflection, tree, nature, animals, wildlife, spanish, squirrel, swamp, wetlands, louisiana, cypress, bayou, kskinner


  • Bonnie T.  Barry
    Bonnie T. Barryalmost 6 years ago

    That is one heck of a shot! You really should add this one to the squirrel group; it’s absolutely one of a kind!

  • Thanks Bonnie, still finding my way around but as soon as I figure it out I’ll post it there. I shot this from my pirogue, it’s a pretty common occurrence around where I shoot – I have seen this same behavior several times. Now if I can only catch a gator making a meal off one doing this then I will have a super shot!

    – KSkinner

  • eXposure
    eXposurealmost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture.
    those reflections are amazing

  • Thanks for the comment eXposure

    – KSkinner

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 6 years ago

    This is so, so sweet, you got such an awesome capture here ! Kind regards out of Africa

  • Cheers SandraRos, Thanks for your kind words. Want to trade locations for about a month? LOL

    – KSkinner

  • Gracey
    Graceyalmost 6 years ago

    One of my favourites…as you probably remember :)

  • Hello Gracey – still one of mine as well, being in the right place at the right time by accident always produces one off images it seems.

    – KSkinner

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosalmost 6 years ago

    That would be great Skinner, have been to a lot of places in the USA but never to West Monroe ! Don’t even know where it is in the USA ! LOL

  • LOL it’s a little off the beaten path, but a worthy trip. Happy shooting… K

    – KSkinner

  • flame7
    flame7almost 6 years ago

    Oh how fabby!!! Instant fave – soooo cute!!! Im buying this!!!

  • teegs
    teegsalmost 6 years ago

    excellent shot!

  • Thanks teegs – it was a great day shooting in the swamps

    – KSkinner

  • AmandaWitt
    AmandaWittalmost 6 years ago

    Oh wow!

  • Thanks AmandaWitt – I appreciate your comment

    – KSkinner

  • KSkinner
    KSkinneralmost 6 years ago

    Thanks Kelly, this is a habit I had never witnessed before this day – but since then I have encountered this conduct many times. Alligators are very patient creatures so I assume this is a defence action to slip a drink of water….

  • David Clark
    David Clarkalmost 6 years ago

    great shot – I assume you were in a boat to get this? you have some great wildlife shots here – dave - thanks for checking out my site also -

  • Thanks for your comment – I did capture this image from my pirogue (small Cajun boat) – it’s about the only way to get off the beaten path in this area. I will be uploading a lot more wildlife shots soon.

    – KSkinner

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