Squirrel snapped working on its photography skills
Two friends claim a ‘dream came true’ when they got a squirrel to ‘take a photograph’ – even capturing the moment it peered into the viewfinder.
Their photograph shows a squirrel standing on a log and grabbing the camera pointed at one of the young wildlife photographers who let the animal ‘have a go’ on his camera.
Salesman and amateur wildlife photographer Tim Clifton, 54, and friend Shane Stanbridge went to Brownsea Island in Dorset last Sunday – and had joked about getting the ‘dream’ picture.
But the duo couldn’t believe their luck when after hours of patiently waiting and many failed attempts, they caught the perfect picture of a squirrel appearing to take a photo while Shane poses as the subject.
Shane, a refuse collector who also lives in Hastings, said: “Tim and I could not believe, we just wanted to jump and scream, it just felt amazing.
“It took a bit of doing but was definitely worth it, it’s not something you see every day. It’s a dream come true.”
Dad-of-two Tim said: “Last week, me and Shane came up with the idea of getting a squirrel to get behind the camera.
“To be honest, at first we did not take that idea seriously but we still headed to Brownsea Island with the idea of photographing squirrels.
“We took some nuts with us in order to seek the squirrel’s attention, I decided to chuck them around a log and stick one on the viewfinder with some cellar tape.”
Shane, 25, sat on a log of wood, facing the camera while waiting for a squirrel to make an appearance.
Shane said: “One squirrel came close to the camera as he spotted the nuts, he kept coming back and forth but after two hours finally jumped on the log of wood and reached the viewfinder.
“I had to be quick to get the shot, the squirrel only looked in the viewfinder for a few seconds trying to snatch the nut, then left after finally grabbing it.
“I think he got friendly with us, he kept coming back for more nuts, which we found quite funny.”
Shane said: “We shared the photograph online and were overwhelmed by dozens of comments, it really felt like we captured something special as people loved the picture.”
Tim could not wait to share the photograph with his family and quickly sent it to his wife Emma on her mobile.
Tim said: “I just could not wait to show the picture to Emma, she said the picture was amazing and how lucky we got to capture the moment the squirrel looked into the viewfinder, she was as thrilled as me and Shane were.”
The two amateur wildlife photographers spend most of their free time travelling around the country to photograph the wildlife.
Shane said: “Wildlife photography is our main hobby and we are truly passionate about it, personally I would love to make a living out of it one day.”