In the grounds of Kilkenny Castle there are many areas where you can catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife, from ducks, geese, swans, and many other types of small woodland birds to squirrels and even on a rare occasion badgers (according to the signs in the grounds of the Castle). On Friday I was lucky enough to get a shot of a small grey squirrel, which I spotted in a tree. Luckily I had my 75-300mm lens on, so getting a shot of this little guy was made a lot easier. I increased the ISO to 400 and dropped down a stop as I would have been taking it at 1/60 according to the metering on the camera, so eventually I got it above 1/125 – quickly enough so that I didn’t miss the opportunity – and this is what I got. It’s a small grey squirrel with a red head (which I didn’t spot until I was adjusting the exposure on the final RAW file).
The problem about shooting wildlife is that they rarely stay in the right spot long enough for you to get a nice shot, so if you do get an opportunity to get a good wildlife photo you just have to take it, and don’t wait and see if they get nearer or look at the camera again etc.
Greetings from Montreal, Canada. Love your photos. I haven’t seen a grey squirrel with a red head like this. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Wren. I am actually heading over to Montreal (via Toronto) then on to Quebec later this year.
I also like your blog – I am a sucker for anything Retro or something which brings back a childhood memory !