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Old Nov 19, 2011, 6:19 PM   #1
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Was out on a trail in the home park a few day ago, and noticed LOTS of chipmunks busy with the abundant Hickory nut crop. One seemed especially aggressive at defending a small hollow stump. Did not see him hiding food in the stump, but am assuming this was the reason for his behavior. Came back later with camera and long lens (Pentax K20D and SMC 135-600mm), and he was still there...
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 6:21 PM   #2
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I walked closer very slowly, pausing often to get another snapshot, and always expecting him to flee...
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 6:22 PM   #3
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Finally got within the minimum focus range of the lens, and he still held his ground!
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 6:24 PM   #4
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When he moved to the other side of the stump, I had to back off from 600mm to 500 just to fit all of him in the frame!
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Old Nov 19, 2011, 6:26 PM   #5
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Chipmunk finally did leave the stump, but not because of me. Another Chipmunk got too close to his "throne," and the chase began...

Will check back at the stump again as time permits, and hope to enjoy more views of my little "friend."

Hope you enjoyed seeing him too, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Old Nov 27, 2011, 8:57 PM   #6
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In case anyone is curious, I've returned to the stump several times this past week, but no sign of any chipmunk activity. Chipmunks may retire to their dens for several days or more during colder spells...
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I almost missed this thread. What a cutie! I particularly like post #3, very determined look on his face. Is that last shot a turtle?
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 7:27 PM   #8
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Nice shots and WOW, you just took me along. Thanks for sharing.

And the last shot is????

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Old Nov 29, 2011, 6:26 PM   #9
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Saly - It's easy to miss posts among so many far better ones! Glad you enjoyed my "nutty" little friend. Yes, last photo is a Three-Toed Box Turtle (practicing with a new lens...)

JJ - Thanks so much for your kind words. Last photo is a captive turtle (3-toed Box Turtle) that lives in my office. Was trying out a new/used lens, and turtle is a patient (!) subject.
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Old Nov 29, 2011, 6:35 PM   #10
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That's a very sharp image of the turtle. It looks almost avian...does it bite? That's quite a beak on him!
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