Nature??s festive colours (theme)

by Helen Hooker December. 14, 2011 6477 views

The British Wildlife Centre [britishwildlifecentre.co.uk] have started a members?? lunch club this winter while they??ve been closed to the general public so I went along today for the last event before Christmas. I arrived at midday, along with twelve other members, for a tasty lunch, after which we were given free rein to explore the centre until 3pm. It was so lovely having the place to ourselves and the animals certainly seemed to appreciate the fact that there were no noisy children to disturb them.

I spent a long time in the walk-through red squirrel enclosure. There are around twenty squirrels in the large enclosure, including some kittens born there this year. Usually they??re quite hard to keep track of as they mount hit and run raids on the feeding stations and dash back up into the trees to eat. However, today they were much more confident and they were only too pleased to come and say hello. I lost count of the number of times I found a squirrel climbing up my legs and onto my shoulders and I ended up with quite a collection of squirrel pawprints on my camera??s lens hood. A couple of them even made a very close inspection of my camera bag in case it contained any food! As ever they were super speedy so it was a big challenge catching them on camera. However, my persistence paid off and (mostly thanks to my camera??s ability to shoot at stupidly high ISOs) and I caught two portraits that I was pretty pleased with.

Just as I was about to leave I spotted one of the foxes sitting quietly under the trees and I couldn??t resist capturing his intense stare on camera…. followed by the most enormous yawn! This handsome fellow is one of this year??s cubs and he??s been christened Kreacher by the centre??s keepers. I suspect one of the keepers has a thing about Harry Potter as one of his siblings has been named Dobby!

As for today??s ??holiday colours?? theme I thought I might just be able to slip these photos in under the wire as all of these gorgeous animals are wearing festive red coats ?? I know I??m stretching the theme a bit but that??s not going to stop me!!

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Tmaurer 8 years, 3 months ago

Love the Fox

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Thomas Thompson 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow love that little crittter

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Lynda 9 years, 7 months ago

Fabulous shots as ever Helen. I still haven't seen a red squirrel- it's on the bucket list.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Henk 9 years, 7 months ago

very nice set

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 7 months ago

Perfect shots .

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Ann Garratty 9 years, 7 months ago

The red coats do make beautifully festive photos, especially with the green backgrounds, a dash of snow would turn them into Christmas card material... but we don't have any yet so you can be forgiven... needless to say I have saved one of each to my faves...

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
April 9 years, 7 months ago

lovely fox!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennifer Litwinowicz 9 years, 7 months ago

Fantastic detail!!!!!! #1 is so cute! I've never seen ears like that :))

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lukesmom 9 years, 7 months ago

Just great! Love the yawn shot!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow these are super.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 7 months ago

tag your post "mystic141211" so you'll join the others participants :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Paul 9 years, 7 months ago

#3 is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 7 months ago

Oh wow!!! These are awesome images, Helen! Sounds like you had fun with the squirrels. That fox is giving you quite the look....and he went straight to my faves!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Larry Nelson 9 years, 7 months ago

Nice "natural reds!" Is this the beginning of a "pointed ear" club?

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 9 years, 7 months ago

great! great! shots! the fox is fantastic...and white teeth!

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Mike Meliska 9 years, 7 months ago

Great pics....Love the eyes in # 3.

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Maz 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow!!! These are amazing. I love woodland creatures. The yawning fox is the best! :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eric 9 years, 7 months ago

I just love the fox yawn! :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Josy 9 years, 7 months ago

I like this set, quite silly!!
These red colors and those who wear them are magnificent :)

9 years, 7 months ago Edited
Olga Helys 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow
Nice DOF
Great details and colours of the furs
Lovely expressions of the animals
Thanks for sharing these beauties

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