We were staying at Aranya Nivas and somehow on our last evening David had a call just before dinner: it was a good night for flying squirrels and would we like to come and see some? Well I was in the swimming pool but quickly jumped out and fetched the camera.
The viewing place was beside the entrance to the hotel grounds, we had been there on a previous night and met some guides and other people hanging around, not tourists. Apparently it is a good spot for the flying squirrels.
By the time that I arrived David had already seen one squirrel flying: "it was just like a piece of paper being blown through the air". Wow! I wish that I had seen that!
My task was to capture the squirrels on the trees, rather a tall one because they were very high I and did not have a telephoto lens or a tripod! It was pitch dark but the guide had a very powerful torch which saved the situation because I could aim at focusing their shiny eyes. Below are the best results of my clumsy attempts.
|A flying squirrel|
|Ready to take off?|
I did focus on the eyes, didn't I? I shall not attempt to correct this though, I think that it is rather charming ;-)
I did see one flying, it was just a glimpse of a floating creamy thing. An amazing sight! We went to back to our dinner floating on air with the excitement. The highlight of our stay in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.