On my recent visit to Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, I had a delightful surprise encounter with an Eastern Gray Squirrel. As I was packing up my camera equipment near the entrance, I noticed this charming little creature making its way over to me.
Gray Squirrels don’t usually catch my eye since I tend to photograph more elusive species. But I couldn’t resist this opportunity to capture some shots of this bushy-tailed chap. Fortunately, this one seemed relaxed in my presence, allowing me to fire off some photos before he scampered off.
I managed to get some lovely images of him perched up on a post using my Fujifilm X-T3 with a Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens and Fringer EF-FX Pro adapter. Since I didn’t have my beanbag, I rested the lens on the open window of my truck to steady it.
While Gray Squirrels are a common sight, they are fascinating creatures. With their distinctive fur, fluffy tails and endearing antics, it’s no wonder they hold a place in many hearts. Though urban adapters, they are still prey for hawks, owls, snakes and cats in the wild.
With patience, even these normally shy animals can be photographed in their habitat. I was happy to capture this serendipitous squirrel shot and look forward to what other delightful encounters await on my next refuge visit!
- AV Mode
- Aperture: f5.6
- ISO: 800
- Shutter speed: 1/480 sec
- Exposure Value: 0.7
- Focal Length: 400 mm