Archive for the 'Nature' Category

Baby squirrels, ducks and geese!

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Baby ducks, just born no more than 12 hours before photoshoot! All live in a local pond in Birmingham (UK) – see full gallery here! :)

Biting the hand that feeds it…

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

In the last 10 days I tested and found good way to charm grey squirrels that otherwise can be called pretty shy, or to put it less diplomatically rather cowardly. However I managed to find a way that allowed them to overcome their shyness and finally eat tasty roasted peanuts from my hand! You just can’t beat having around 10 squirrels around you greedily looking at you waiting for their turn to grab a nut :)

When dealing with wild life one has to be careful since they are not called wild for nothing! Squirrels are very furry and cute, but they have very sharp teeth! Today a baby squirrel that was over-enthusiastic over getting a peanut run at high speed and grabbed by index finger rather than peanut, despite wearing a glove it was a successful bite :(

Well, it was time for a tetanus shot in arm as a precautinary measure as I have not been vaccinated in the last 10 years. Not to put you off feeding squirrels by hand, but one has to be careful – next time it is going to be a bigger glove and that baby squirrel will have to act like adults who come very politely and get nut very carefully, the younster has not learnt any manners yet, he will have to or no peanuts for him!

Feeding the greys

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Hungry grey squirrel Squirrels are very cute animals and I always liked them, perhaps probably because my native city was in the middle of woods and there were lots of red squirrels there, very friendly too – they would eat from your hand, an amazing experience for a child, even though parents were not impressed with squirrels getting into the house and stealing all nuts :)

In the UK there are lots of squirrels too, even though locals do not seem to particularly rate them highly – perhaps because grey squirrels are actually alien species that invaded British Isles and driven off cute local red squirrels. But while I too prefer red squirrels, the greys are also very cute – unfortunately I never managed to get them to eat from my hands, until yesterday that is :)