This little arboreal rodent, a Tree squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi cepapi) or Yellow-footed squirrel, usually found in savannah woodlands, is about as common as some of the antelope in Mana Pools, but rarely do we stop to take its picture, with such abundance of larger mammals around. Squirrels are primarily vegetarian, feeding on leaves and berries, but they are known to eat insects too. They may often be seen foraging on the ground for food, usually near the base of their tree habitat. They nest in territorial family groups are socially gregarious and participate in mutual grooming.
(Canon EOS 7D / EF100-400mm IS USM; 1/500 sec; f/8; ISO 400; 400mm)
Picture ©2013 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography
David Young is a Canadian wildlife photographer who has a penchant for natural settings rather than captive, set up or baited encounters with wildlife. He believes in keeping the wild in wildlife photography. He is attributed with this quote:
“I decided to get into wildlife photography. In many ways it’s harder than other forms of picture taking, but when you finally get that shot you’ve been trying for, it’s a wonderful and rewarding feeling.”
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