Animals

By Becca Husselbee


A wildlife photographer captured the moment a gymnastic squirrel appears to be flying through the air.

Pic by Julian Rad/Caters News

Julian Rad, 26, visited a Forrest near his home in Vienna, Austria, back in the winter of 2015 and set up a food station to attract the squirrels living there.

Julian said: “I build up a small feeding and parkour station where the squirrels can jump from branch to branch.

“They love hazelnuts and sunflower seeds.

Pic by Julian Rad/Caters News

“They jump very often from branch to branch to get to the feeding box because they are collecting food and also hide the nuts in the ground for the Winter.”

But Julian explains you have to be quick or you will miss them!

He said: ” I had to set a very fast shutter speed because they are very quick and it’s important that there is enough light to freeze the squirrel while it jumps.

Pic by Julian Rad/Caters News

“All of them are sweet, sometimes I rather watch them with my own eyes than through the camera-lens because they are so funny to watch.

“It takes couple of attempts to get the squirrel 100% sharp, so I spent up to 5 hours in a small hiding tent each day to get the best possible image of a jumping squirrel.

“Capturing the squirrel mid-air wasn’t easy at all, some days I had to wait for 3 hours in my hiding tent for the squirrel to show off.

“Basically, you have to make yourself invisible because red squirrels are extremely timid.”