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Old Aug 8, 2010, 8:19 PM   #1
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Within the past few weeks the birds have discovered our feeder that's been there all summer. Not sure what took them so long. Unfortunately, so haven't the squirrels and chipmunks! Until this week they kept unscrewing the top of the feeder every day to get better access. But, we fixed them! We used a wall hanger screw that opens up. They can't figure out how to get it off.

I couldn't hold the camera earlier in the week when the squirrels were there, so you'll only see the chipmunks here. The birds were taken one-handed. Yesterday and today I've been able to hold the camera two-handed, but I keep missing them at the feeder. So, just so I can show you which birds I'm posting as is. I'll take any identifications as I have no idea what these are.

These are all highly cropped, taken with the K20 and either the 18-250 or 70-300 lens at longest length to get close enough. I would have used my tripod, but I don't think I could have carried it upstairs and it wouldn't fit in the small bathroom. Maybe later in the summer.
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 8:23 PM   #2
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This one is called - "making sure the coast is clear". There was quite a bit of activity going on. They were all coming and going one after the other. Birds and chipmunks.
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These guys were so cute. But, they jumped at the slightest sound. I'm taking these from indoors above 25 feet away (???). No matter how quiet I am they hear me coming.
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Old Aug 8, 2010, 8:29 PM   #4
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This next one is just to show you my two-tailed chipmunk! He's the talk of the neighborhood
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LOL! I love the last two - that's funny. I always love blue jays, though he doesn't look very happy in that first picture - we don't have them here (only scrub jays and Stellars Jays). I think the second one is a chickadee, they are so cute!
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Very good for one handed shots! I love the last Chipmunk pic. We don't have them here but we have plenty of Gray Squirrels.
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odd, i know i commented on this. Well shot love your second chipmunk , very nice series!
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Hi Patty,

A very nice series!! I believe the first is a Tufted Titmouse, and the others are Chickadees. Up until recently, I've always had trouble getting good shots of chipmunks. They are very skittish around here, and don't trust anything that moves. Most of the time, they are running full speed with their tails sticking straight up, and I can't even get the camera up near my eye, much less get them in the viewfinder.

I've always thought of photography as good therapy. It's the one thing that could consistently get me out and around with my heart condition, and getting good bird and animal shots always added a positive note since they never complain about how the shots look as people often do. As you've probably noticed, I like animal pics. . .

I'm very happy to see you posting again.

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Yes, I'll second what Scott said. Very true.
Love the last two, and the last one is a real killer!
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Old Aug 9, 2010, 2:18 PM   #10
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Ha ha that last shot put a big smile on my face Patty - wonderful !
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