The Photography of Mike O'Neill ABIPP

Chasing The Red Again

So it was time for our family trip to Centreparcs again. I’d been looking forward to this since Christmas in Afghanistan and I was more than ready for the rest after the busy parade season.
Although on holiday I could leave the cameras behind especially as Whinfell Forest, our chosen CP destination, is the home of my nemesis. The Red Squirrel.

Previous trips to Whinfell resulted in sparse sightings and tough set ups to cox the little guys into my shooting zone. The image results were mediocre at best…

My wife stocked up on peanuts for the trip and we were away. During the holiday it became an evening ritual to hide the peanuts around the garden space most notably in the tree bark. This system worked to an extent last time around, so if it isn’t broke…

Within a few hours after my children had gone to bed, I was rewarded not just by one of the little red blighters but two, who came and tussled over the patch with its food bounty.  Result. I had to work fast though, but not fast enough that I would scare them away. Low light levels through the trees meant a higher ISO but I still managed to get some shots before they scampered off.  I felt elated but still wanted a better shot.



Throughout the week the Reds came and went, sometimes one, sometimes the scuffling pair.  It was great to see, sometimes I would just watch and enjoy the scene.

The holiday was lovely with some great family memories, I bagged these Red Squirrel images as a reward for my patience and even a couple of the elusive Woodpecker.


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2 responses

  1. Tom Heggie

    Terrific images! A great reward for your patience.

    September 20, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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