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Title: RED SQUIRREL, the

Reference number: 1848

Date: 1961

Sponsor: Educational Films of Scotland

Production company: Park Film Studios Ltd.

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 6.19 mins

Description: A study through the different seasons, of the red squirrel in its natural habitat.

Credits: by E.G.Cairns

Shotlist: [shotlisted from Copy 3]

title and credits c/u shot Red Squirrel sitting on tree stump, happily eating a nut, followed by shot of half coconut shell hung from tree branch, full of bird feed (0.25) Great Tit feeds from coconut (0.33) c/u Red Squirrel, devouring nut held between its two paws (0.45) shot of Great Tit feeding from piece of suet, suspended alongside coconut shell 'feeder' on tree branch (0.52) shot as Red Squirrel continues eating nut, stops for a few moments and decides to run along log to find new source of food (1.09) squirrel stretches to try to get at food hidden inside coconut shell 'feeder' (1.17) c/u squirrels feet (1.23) it washes face and paws, gvs as squirrel tries to get at the food, sometimes stretching on his tiptoes, sometimes holding on to the chain suspending the coconut from the branch, sometimes digging sharp claws into wooden fence (2.56) Yellowhammer sitting feeding on tree stump, soon joined by the curious (and greedy!) squirrel (3.09) squirrel washes face and paws (3.18) shot of Yellowhammer investigating coconut 'feeder', but not for long... (3.25) the squirrel greedily feeds from coconut shell 'feeder', this time retrieving a whole hazelnut (3.36) c/u squirrel eating nut, note the long whiskers and tufts at top of his ears (3.45) gvs as squirrel feeds, stretching to reach the food, eventually managing to jump up on the coconut and balance on a branch as he eats (4.56) squirrel moves from tree stump to coconut, feeding, and carelessly loses his grip on branch towards the end as tiredness overcomes (5.51) c/u squirrel on tree stump where he washes thoroughly (6.21) ecs (6.27)