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Stickin’ with the critter photography today¬†(as they do so crack me up!) ūüôā¬†

A start of a good day involves¬†sunshine and any amount of¬†time spent outside interacting with the local wildlife. Some of the morning chores include dumping and filling birdbaths, setting out corn and filling the feeders. The¬†best time for me¬†(and the part I look the most forward to)¬†is¬†feeding¬†the chipmunks and squirrels their favorite treat (peanuts in the shell). All the resident furries literally come a-runnin’ when they see me walk across the lawn with the ‘peanut’ cup and take a seat on the large rock at the edge of the pool deck.¬†

And so the frenzy begins…¬†

“Hi there, King!” (as in ‘King of the Hill’ since that is where this ‘munk’s home is) and “Good Morning, Chippy!” (s/he lives under our grey shed). “Nice to see you, Squishy!” (lives near the rock¬†waterfall), and so on. Not all of them have names, but we do the best we can and have come to learn how¬†to identify each and every one.¬†Here is a very¬†familiar sight:

“Chipmunk Cheeks” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/400s, -0.3EV, ISO 640

And if I am not quite quick enough in my peanut tossing, many will come right up to my feet or even, jump up next to me on the rock. I never tire of it.

“Sign? What Sign?” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5, 1/200s, +0.3EV, ISO 400

During the chaos last Thursday morning I was very surprised to see a couple of young chipmunks crawling all over our enormous condo-style birdhouse. From what I could deduce, the little ones were emerging from the nest to now be on their own.

The ‘alpha’ baby left pretty quickly (before I could even get the camera in place) but the second baby was much more cautious. S/he didn’t quite seem to¬†know what to make of me or the camera, but quickly realized I meant no harm. (Surely, Momma must have told the wee thing to keep an eye out for the very¬†‘nice humans’, dontchathink?) ūüėČ

I watched him/her for quite

“Home is Where you Make it” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 640, Built-in Front Curtain i-TTL Fill Flash, -1.0 EV

some time as s/he went between episodes of thoroughly checking out the strange new world around him/her and then retreating back to the safety of one of the compartments. 

Of course,¬†I have no idea if the little beast is male or female.¬†The only name I could come up with is ‘Birdie’.¬†It just seems to fit.

Check out that dark spot on the left chest…¬†it will certainly help us to identify¬†Birdie if/when s/he¬†joins in the morning¬† feeding ritual (fingers crossed!)¬†When s/he left¬† for the last time, I wished the little one well and walked back to the house.¬†¬†

Afterall, I was already off to a great day. ūüôā

“Hole New World” (Eastern Chipmunk in Birdhouse) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/5.6, 1/200s, ISO 640

Seeing that it is sunday, I thought I’d share a¬†couple of comical chipmunk captures.

Enjoy! ūüôā

“Say What?!” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 1000mm (600mm w/1.7xteleconverter), F/6.7, 1/200s, -0.3EV, ISO 2500

“Hiya!” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm F/4G w/1.4x teleconverter), F/13, 1/40s, -0.3EV, ISO 800

“Caught Red Handed” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/5.6, 1/125s, -1.0EV, ISO 1000, SB800 w/Gary Fong Lightsphere Cloud, -1.0EV

Whenever I make a point to photograph chipmunks, I know it is going to be an entertaining day!

This guy just couldn’t resist the bait I put out. But, before he proceeded to fill up those¬†adorable cheeks, he¬†decided it was best to¬†give his¬†new-found bounty a taste.

Gotcha! ūüôā

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo quite like this! I was all set up to photograph the Bluejays this morning when this little guy showed up at the¬†birdbath¬†that I had justcleaned and filled with fresh water.

“No Drink Minimum” (Eastern Chipmunk) Nikon D300, 600mm, F/4, 1/100s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

There you go, my furry friend. You’re welcome! ūüėÄ

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