There are several different kinds animals that I have been trying to get pictures of. Some with no luck at all yet. Yesterday I came across one of the main elusive little creatures that I've been after. It was right in my backyard. It's a Black Squirrel.
Until I moved to the area I'm living now, I've never seen a black squirrel. I didn't even know they existed at all. I remember when I was a kid there were squirrels all over our neighborhood. None of them were colored black. They were all a reddish brown, and they were bigger than these new black squirrels I see now. I now know that they were called Fox Squirrels.
I didn't know there were more than one kind of squirrel. I only ever saw the fox squirrels throughout most of my life. Starting just a few hours ago, when I was looking for information on the black squirrels, I found out that there are all different kinds of them. I actually have another post from a while back with a third kind. I put the link below. I know what that one is too now, so I'll have to make an update on it in the future.
Where was I? Oh yeah, black squirrels. Since I moved to this suburb several years ago, I've seen mostly these black squirrels. They're smaller than the fox squirrels I always knew. I was fascinated with them, because as I said, I didn't know they existed before. When I got my camera it was one of my first goals to get a picture of one of these. I actually wanted both kinds.
That was easier said than done. You would be surprised to find out how hard it is to get a picture of a squirrel. After I got the camera, there have been almost no chances to get a picture of a squirrel. I have a few, but no black ones. These are all over my neighborhood, but not when I have my camera. The fox squirrels around here seem to have been pushed away from the neighborhoods, but they are abundant on any of the nature trails I go to every day.
Even with the black ones roaming around here, I never saw one at the right time. I wanted to get a picture of one badly. Then yesterday when I looked out back, I saw this one playing around back there. I made sure I had my camera and went out and used my deer technique on it. It works on other wild animals as well.
Well, I made my way towards this little squirrel, and took as many pictures as I could. As you can see though, the pictures are more than a little fuzzy, because I didn't quite get close enough. Maybe I was too excited, and was in too much of a hurry. The squirrel was really small, so it was hard to judge how close I really was to it. I actually got very close, but things just seemed to happen too fast for me.
In the end, before I could get any good pictures, it ran off as quick as can be. I hope you can see it in the picture. I caught it in mid stride. Not great quality pictures, but cool nonetheless. I wish I could have gotten video of that. It was pretty funny.
Maybe next time I have a post about black squirrels, I'll have super wonderful, clear and up close pictures for you. And maybe some more detailed information about their origins. This time it was just a great adventure just to get that close to it. I got my first pictures of a black squirrel, so I'm happy. And that's all that matters.