I was in my back yard yesterday evening and noticed this squirrel on the fence. He was kind enough to wait on the fence until I went back inside and got my camera. I was about 20 feet away from him and was using my 300mm lens, so was able to get a closeup of him.
Notice his aggressive stance. He held that position for a good 3 minutes. I believe he would have jumped on me if I’d gotten any closer. The squirrels around here are quite bold and will stand up on their hind quarters at you as if to say, “Come at me, Bro.”
I have a love-hate relationship with the neighborhood squirrels. I love them when they are outside doing squirrel things. But if they ever get into my attic, it is war. They have learned that the neighbors’ attics are much more hospitable places than mine. The Great Squirrel War of 2014 has entered local Squirrel lore and legend and so I haven’t had any problem out of them in years. (Lest you think I behaved poorly towards the squirrels, I merely had all of the wood soffits on my house replaced with concrete-impregnated Hardieboard.)
So, since this little fellow is outside, he is a good squirrel and the recipient of my benevolent bonhomie.