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Hello Everyone,

California ground squirrels are neat to watch, as they slither around on the sand beach, and dig for food. I have no idea how they can cope with all the sand in their eyes, and other places. These images were taken at Crystal Cove State Park south of LA. All were taken hand held with a Canon 7D and 400mm f5.6 lens.

1. Slithers like a snake at times.






2. Taking a rest from digging to check out the photog. Just a bit of wet sand stuck to its fur. The big thing on the left is a kelp holdfast. Not as sharp as I'd like.






3. Eating whatever it found. Never did see what it was it found.






If you'd like to comment, don't hold back! I appreciate all words of wisdom.

Ken

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Mar 30, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #2 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


These guys sure can be fun to watch, I always get a kick out of watching them when I visit. I like the first on the best Ken as it demonstrates how they slither around sometimes.

Tim



Mar 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
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p.1 #3 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Face full of sand is too funny Ken
Fun set!

Tom



Mar 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #4 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Great shots! Love the second one !

Birdie



Mar 30, 2012 at 03:28 PM
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p.1 #5 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Good stuff Ken. Cheers Andrew


Mar 30, 2012 at 03:45 PM
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p.1 #6 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Great images, loved seeing them
Larry



Mar 30, 2012 at 03:59 PM
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p.1 #7 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Wonderful photos, and, for me, very educational. I've never seen ground squirrels before!


Mar 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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p.1 #8 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Good stuff, Ken- an enjoyable set.
I particularly like #2 with sand in the face- what a riot!
Charlie



Mar 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Don't you just hate it when sand gets up your nose? Very cute shots Kenny...squirrels are an under appreciated animal...except in winter when there is little else to photograph.
Eric



Mar 30, 2012 at 05:16 PM
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p.1 #10 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


2 had me cracking up


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p.1 #11 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


I love these! I am a sucker for the CGS antics. The second is my favorite - the expression is priceless. They look a little too contrasty on my monitor (but maybe its just my taste).

Here is one of my favorite CGS shots I've gotten: http://blog.hankchristensen.com/2010/12/ground-squirrel-explosion/

Thanks for focusing on these little guys - I think they are too often just viewed as pests but they're an important part of the ecosystem.

Hank

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Mar 30, 2012 at 06:37 PM
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p.1 #12 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


lovely shots Ken


Mar 30, 2012 at 06:39 PM
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p.1 #13 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Nice set Ken. Thanks for sharing!

Ted



Mar 30, 2012 at 06:41 PM
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p.1 #14 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Ken,
Great shots of the coastal fur balls Crystal Cove is a great place for photography



Mar 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
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p.1 #15 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Thanks everyone for taking the time to view and comment! Greatly appreciated. As a bit of extra info, these were taken late in the afternoon, so the light was bright and direct. Wish the slithering shot was one where they don't even use their front feet, and just propel themselves along using the back one. Fun to watch.


Mar 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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p.1 #16 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Fun stuff Ken ~ Ron


Mar 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM
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p.1 #17 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


These look very nice, Ken. I don't believe I've ever seen one in real life. Thanks for sharing these
Socrate



Mar 31, 2012 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #18 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Pleese keep it away from my feeder

The last is my pick

Morris



Mar 31, 2012 at 02:22 AM
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p.1 #19 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Nice set, Ken. #2 is my pick.
Chris



Mar 31, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #20 · A Well Grounded Squirrel


Ken, first time I've seen Squirrel on the beach.
I'm used to to watch them up and down on trees and power lines.
Well done.




Mar 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
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