Pregnant Fox Squirrel
This Fox Squirrel sure looks pregnant to me, or she has eaten well over the winter.
I read that female Fox Squirrels come into estrus in mid-December or early January then again in June. They normally produce two litters a year.
Earliest litters appear in late January; most births occur in mid-March and July.
My last few blog post have been of the American Robin and how they relate to Spring (American Robin A Symbol Of Spring) (American Robin With Caterpillar). I feel the same with the Fox Squirrel. They seem to become more active during this time of year and it may be because the females will soon have a litter.
How I Got The Shot - Fox Squirrel
I photographed this Fox Squirrel while walking a trail at the Fort Smith Historic Site here in Arkansas. These Squirrels are everywhere in this park and are easy to photograph.
Fox squirrels are tolerant of human proximity and even thrive in crowded urban and suburban environments.
I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/800 of a second at f5.6 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.