NOT SO Stu mped!

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I have been try­ing to cap­ture a shot of a red squir­rel in the snow for a while. Liv­ing in County Durham, one of my chances for the reds is at Der­went Val­ley. Back in Fe­bru­ary 2015, I was check­ing the we­b­cam on­line at Der­went reser­voir’s yacht club to find there was a slight cov­er­ing of snow that morn­ing. When I ar­rived I set my­self up at Pow Hill and waited to see if any­thing turned up. Af­ter an hour, and frozen to the bone, I de­cided to head back to the car. As I walked back I no­ticed some­thing in the pines around me, so de­cided to sit at the foot of a tree, and sure enough two reds ap­peared. Af­ter around five to 10 min­utes they re­treated back into the woods. On re­view­ing the im­ages on the back of the cam­era I was thrilled to see some great shots.

This was one of my en­tries for the BBC Coun­try­file cal­en­dar 2016. You can imag­ine how thrilled I was to learn that it has been ac­cepted as the Jan­uary im­age. Wal­ter Bul­mer, Co Durham Con­grat­u­la­tions! It’s a great shot of a rare an­i­mal.

Per­sis­tence paid off for Wal­ter

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