Love is a Little Back Massage

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Love is a little back massage and touching tails as adequately demonstrated by these two little Tree Squirrels (Paraxerus cepapi cepapi). These two little ‘critters’ were part of a small colony inhabiting the tree. There is no telling whether the female was within her oestral cycle and at the end of the chase. It is said that a single female mating in an immediate area will set off a frenzy of mating attempts during which oestral cycles are triggered; apparently nature’s way synchronizing the births (after a 55 day gestation) in the community.
(Canon EOS 5D Mk III/ EF70-200mm IS II USM + 1.4x III; 1/400 sec; f/4; ISO 320; 280mm)

Picture ©2015 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

A-Z of Photography
Ultraviolet (UV) light is a form or radiation not visible to the human eye. Digital cameras and film are sensitive to UV light which often shows up as purple cast in photographs. This may be eliminated through the use of a UV filter which tends to darken skies due to the filtering out UV from the upper atmosphere. Many photographers use UV filters physical lens protection. There is a technique in photography known as ultraviolet reflection which utilises light from the UV spectrum only. This is achieved by the use of a UV transmitting filter, which blocks out all visible and infrared light.

“The medium of photography can record not only what the eyes see, but that which the mind’s eye sees as well. The camera is not only an extension of the eye, but of the brain. It can see sharper, farther, nearer, slower, faster than the eye. It can see by invisible light. It can see in the past, present, and future. Instead of using the camera only to reproduce objects, I wanted to use it to make what is invisible to the eye, visible.”

– Wynn Bullock

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Tree Squirrel Pause

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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

Photography Quotes
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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Tree Squirrel drinking Nectar from the Coral Tree Flower

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A tree squirrel (Paraxeus cepapi maunensis – Shona: shindi) feeds on the nectar of the common coral tree (Erythrina lysistemon). Potential predators of this little critter are arboreal snakes including the boomslang and black mamba. This was an opportunity shot taken near Bulawayo in Matabeleland.
(Canon 20D; f/14; 1/250sec; ISO-100; 300mm)

Picture ©2008 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

Squirrel Sunbathing

The tree squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi cepapi) is a common inhabitant of the Mana Pools National Park. Generally an herbivore feeding on leaves, roots and berries, it is known to take the occasional insect, when opportunity presents. This little fellow is on the orgy list, since attempts by females at mating will trigger oestrus cycles in others in the area, prolific mating and eventually, synchronized births, an amazing quirk of nature. They raise their young in family groups only ousting the young when they become sexually mature. Their worst enemies are arboreal snakes, especially the Boomslang and Black Mamba.
(Canon 7D; f/6.7; 1/750sec; ISO-320; 400mm)

Picture ©2012 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography