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Red Squirrels Winter Photography

Photographing Red Squirrels in the Cairngorms National Park - David Robertshaw Photography

The Cairngorms National Park is one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, and in winter, it is transformed into a winter wonderland. Amongst the snowy landscape, the red squirrel is a common sight, and it is a challenge to capture their beauty in photographs.

In this blog, we will explore some tips for photographing red squirrels in the snow, as well as some information about how these animals survive in the harsh winter environment.

A Red Squirrel searching for food in the snow
Red Squirrel in the snow

Red squirrels are one of the most iconic mammals in the UK and are known for their distinctive red fur and bushy tails. They are also incredibly adaptable, able to survive in a variety of environments, including forests, woodlands, and even urban areas. However, in the winter months, their survival is put to the test as the landscape transforms into a winter wonderland.

To survive the winter, red squirrels have a variety of adaptations. They have thick fur that helps to insulate them from the cold, and they also have a layer of fat that provides them with energy during the lean winter months. They are also able to survive on a diet of nuts, seeds, and berries, which they store in caches throughout the year. In the winter, when food is scarce, they rely on these caches to survive.

Red Squirrel digging for food
Red Squirrel Foraging for food

When photographing red squirrels in the snow, it is essential to take into account their behavior. They are most active in the morning and late afternoon when they are searching for food. Look for areas where there are lots of trees and shrubs, as this is where they are likely to be foraging for food. You can also attract them to your location by placing some nuts or seeds in a location where you can get a good shot.

When photographing red squirrels, it is important to be patient and quiet. These animals are easily spooked, so try to approach them slowly and quietly. If you can, use a long lens to capture close-up shots without disturbing them. If you're lucky, you may be able to capture some action shots as they jump between branches or scamper across the snow.

Overall, photographing red squirrels in the snow of Cairngorms National Park can be a rewarding experience. These animals are fascinating creatures that have adapted to survive in some of the harshest environments in the UK. With a bit of patience and some careful planning, you can capture some stunning photographs that showcase their beauty and resilience.


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