Richardson’s Ground Squirrels

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Farmers don’t like Richardson’s Ground Squirrels much, they dig holes that could break the legs on livestock and eat grains and the shoots of plants, I can understand those concerns. But I have to say… I love them, they are fun to watch and photograph.

Richardson's Ground SquirrelRichardson’s Ground Squirrel – Nikon D200, f16, 1/250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed these Richardson’s Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) in Glacier County in Montana.

Richardson's Ground SquirrelRichardson’s Ground Squirrel – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light.

They might be “varmits” to some but to me they are another wildlife subject that I get a kick out of photographing.

Mia

 

4 Comments

  1. Julie Brown March 9, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Those little ears make this species adorable!

    • Mia McPherson March 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

      Julie, those little ears are adorable! They are just so cute. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Prairie Birder March 7, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Very cute photos Mia, I love Richardson’s Ground Squirrels!

    • Mia McPherson March 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

      PrairieBirder, I love them too! Thanks for commenting.

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