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Tree Squirrel Video

Click the image above to see a screener of tree squirrel stock video footage. Clips can be viewed in their entirety and purchased at HDNatureFootage.net or viewed here in Quicktime format.

Filming Gray, Fox, Red, and Flying Squirrel Stock Video Footage

There really isn't much difficulty in filming tree squirrels, in fact they may be one of the easiest groups of wildlife to film. In city parks and urban areas they can become quite tame and tolerant of people. And, with the exception of the flying squirrel, they're diurnal so they're out being active when there's plenty of light. Of course a good telephoto lens will help with the closeups. Once you've got plenty of footage of squirrels feeding you can try some more interesting shots by setting up a jump between a tree and a feeder (ideally you're be shooting 60 fps or better for this type of action so you can slow it down).

Flying squirrels are a whole different story. Although they can be acclimated to feeders (sunflower seeds, etc.), they are for the most part nocturnal. Therefore, you may want to use infrared equipment to film flying squirrels without frightening them. On rare occassions you can find them out and about in daylight hours. Look in habitats that have a boreal community including plants such as spruce, birch, hazelnut, and oak, and also look for snags and lots of rotting logs on the forest floor.

Pronghorn Productions now sells its tree squirrel stock video footage at:

HDNatureFootage.net

Tree Squirrels - aka Red (pine), gray (including black color phase), fox, and flying squirrel

Tree squirrels are one of our most popular forms of wildlife (there are also various species of ground squirrels, often incorrectly referred to as "gophers"). The tree squirrel group includes the eastern gray squirrel (sometimes found in a black phase), the more widely spread fox squirrel (found in many color phases throughout its range), the red squirrel (sometimes call the pine squirrel or chickaree because of its call), and the flying squirrel. The latter species, although familar with most school children, is one of the more difficult to see because of their nocturnal behavior. The squirrel does not fly in the conventional sense of the word, but rather, glides from high up in a tree, often landing on the ground or low on the trunk of another tree.

Squirrel populations are generally quite healthy throughout North America. In fact, most species are open to hunting. An exception is the flying squirrel, which is listed as endangered or threatened in some areas. Its precarious status is primarily due to habitat destruction, more specifically, the loss of old growth conditions that the squirrel needs. These habitat features that the flying squirrel needs includes large snags for nesting cavities, rotting logs on the forest floor and produce mushrooms and other food, and a relatively closed tree canopy that keeps the forest floor moist and cool.