NEIL MCIN­TYRE

SEA­SONAL SCOT­TISH SQUIR­RELS Red squir­rel, Sci­u­rus vul­garis Roth­iemurchus For­est, High­lands

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - British Wildlife Photograph­y Awards 2018 -

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.

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