May Topic: Wildlife
I was really struggling this month to put down a decent topic and follow it through. Work was busy and combined with the family holiday to Centreparcs in Sherwood Forest. In a final attempt to get something in the bag I settled on a game of wait and see with the squirrels and other animals which would come to the back door.
My aim was to get a shot of a squirrel up a tree and side on so that they break the outline of the tree and are not camouflaged by their fur. I tried to shoot squirrels before to varying degrees of success so I needed a plan. I was lacking any kind of hide and netting so I needed to work around this.
My plan then was simple, we had brought with us a bag of peanuts and some dried frut/nut mix. I scattered the fruit/nut mix around the ground and then used the peanuts to wedge into the tree bark. At first I didnt see any of the food get eaten but as the week went on I would keep replacing them. In the end one the squirrels would be noticed and I would have around 5 – 10 seconds to grab the camera and get some shots off. Sounds easy, however a sudden move within the chalet would mean the little blighters would scarper so I had to move slow to get the camera and then shoot.
Why not just sit and wait? You may ask. Well I have two children who are 3 and under. My time for the most part is not my own, especially on a holiday. Sometimes the animals came and I didn’t photograph them at all, but enjoyed the show with my kids who were delighted that the ‘Squiggels’ came to see them.
Finally my patience was rewarded with a number of images the best of which you can see below.