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on Jan 15, 2019 in Wildlife Photography

100% Gone Squirrelly!

Douglas Tree Squirrel
captured by Z6 / 300PF

My neighbors probably think I’ve gone nuts; I probably have! With no birds and with my addiction to taking photographs every day, I’ve gone to playing cat and mouse around our property for the only game in town right now. Douglas Tree Squirrels! We have three that have decided that now’s the time to make new squirrels. To those ends, they are redefining, “squirrelly!” So having a severe case of cabin fever, I decided to race around the property in the hopes of making a click or two of their antics. And in the process, I found a brilliant combo I’m lovin for the chase!

Douglas Tree Squirrel
captured by Z6 / 300PF

One thing about these squirrels, they don’t hold still jumping from tree to tree so I needed a non-tripod, quick moving rig. I went with the Z6 / 300PF and so glad I did! This small rig permits me to just push the lens out the window or around the corner and get them squirrels in the viewfinder before they skedaddle. And at f/4, that narrow DoF at 300mm blurs out nicely the background. Then it’s just looking for the right light and moment when it all lines up for a click. In this case, that silly gesture squirrels are so good at and then when the environment provides an atmosphere like snowing. They are at least keeping me from going 100% squirrelly!

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