I was leaving the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge when I spotted this Eastern Gray Squirrel. I was in the parking area near the entrance putting my camera away for the day. I got my camera back out as soon as I noticed that this squirrel was coming close.

Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Gray Squirrel

I don’t photograph these squirrels very often. I see the Fox Squirrels the most in the areas I frequent. My place near the Ouachita National Forest has Gray Squirrels but they are difficult for me to get a photo I like. They are more wary of humans than the Fox Squirrels or it seems that way to me.

The Gray Squirrels seem to know when I have a camera and will stay high in the trees. If I hike the forest without a camera they will come close and pester me. They will come closer if I sit on the ground but with my camera they seem to stay away.

These Squirrels do let me know when a predator is nearby because they will bark an alarm. This has allowed me to get ready with my camera to photograph whatever is nearby. The downside is that they also let everything in the forest know that I am in the forest.

How I Got The Shot – Eastern Gray Squirrel

I had packed my equipment away when this Squirrel came close to my pickup. I was able to get my camera out of my bag but I didn’t take a chance getting the beanbag. I rested the lens on the driver side open window frame and was able to get several photos of the Squirrel on a post. This Squirrel didn’t stick around long before heading back into the nearby trees.

I was using a Fujifilm X-T3 camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro on the bag.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f5.6
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed 1/480 of a second
  • 0.7 exposure value
  • Focal Length 400 mm