SEASONAL SCOTTISH SQUIRRELS Red squirrel, Sciurus vulgaris Rothiemurchus Forest, Highlands
SPRING Red Squirrel on Old Caledonian Pine Tree
With spring in full flow, I didn’t have much time to get this image before the squirrels changed to their summer coats. With a forecast of blue sky – which I desperately needed for this image – I could now give it a go. After three six-hour shifts, I finally managed to get the perfect combination of light and the squirrel’s pose and position.
SUMMER Red Squirrel in Purple Heather
In August, when the heather is in full bloom, the pine forests are a colourful delight. With this in mind, I wanted to show off this season in its full glory. I positioned myself among a bed of heather that surrounded an old tree stump that I knew the squirrels liked to sit on to feed. Here, the squirrel glances around just before it starts foraging again.
AUTUMN Red Squirrel Silhouette
With its magical golden colours, this season has to be my favourite. It was the sheer vibrancy of the colours that drew me to this scene, and the silhouette of the squirrel tucked in below a beech tree with a background of autumnal glory was perfect – I could not believe my luck! It’s this time of year that squirrels collect nuts and bury them, ready to be retrieved at a later date.