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A Busy Animal

A Busy Animal
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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-10-21 23:25
Viewed: 3750
Points: 40
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A Busy Animal
Eastern Chipmunk
Tamias striatus

Classifies: mammals
Order: rodents
Family: sciuridés (marmots, squirrels, tamias)

Physical description:
Tamia is smaller than the gray or russet-red Squirrel. Adult, it measures between 22,5 and 29,9 cm length, including his flattened tail which makes between 6,5 and 11,5 cm. The face is rather lengthened and comprises large abajoues. The ears are short (1,6 to 2,0 cm) and round. The feet, which measure between 3,2 and 4,0 cm, are delicate and end in 5 fingers provided with claws punts, bent and pointed. The hands count only 4 fingers. The peeling of Tamia is short, fine and reddish as a whole. It appears however tinted of black by places, in particular on the back and the tail. The sides are marked of only one line of color creams bordered of two black lines. The belly is white. A small feature of cream-coloured color adds to contrasts by encircling in a discontinuous way each dark eye. Tamia moults in July and August, then at the end of the autumn or the beginning of the winter.
Habitat and food:
Tamia occupies a good part of the east of North America since the states bordering the Gulf of Mexico until the south of the James bay. It lives the forests of leafy trees drained well, the undergrowth or the hedges and the bushes close to the dwellings.
Tamia is nourished of a large variety of seeds, nut, small fruits and herbaceous plants. It eats also slugs, worms and, on the occasion, grasshoppers, frogs and eggs.
Period of the rut: mid-March at mid-July .
Duration of the period of gestation: 31 or 32 days..
A number of ranges per year: 1 or 2.
Numbers the small ones by range: 3 or 4 on average.
Period of low setting: from April at August.

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Taken today during a walk on Mont-Royal in Montreal, Quebec.
Thank you for looking at him.
Have a nice weekend!

halki, TAZ, Janice, dew77, sAner, hummingbird24, Dave, Comandante, marhowie, magiqa, wallhalla15, scottevers7, Signal-Womb, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To manyee: ...long tail...Luc 1 10-23 00:02
To Jancie: ...without indifference...Luc 1 10-22 23:34
To hummingbird24: ...my camera was bored...Luc 2 10-22 20:35
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Hi Luc,
It's a cute little friend you have caught.
Well composed, good POV and nice colours.
Very good and informative note as usual.
Very well done, my friend.

Hi Luc,
Very nice capture!
Good lighting control and well composed,
great colour.

What a cute little chipmunk, Luc. Très charmant.
Sharp details and great light. As for the composition, it looks almost too centered? A beautiful shot in any case. TFS. : )

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-22 2:32]

Hello Luc!
Very nice capture.Sharpness,POV,details and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-22 3:40]

Les célèbres Chipmunk des dessins animés ;-) Il est bien photographié sur ses rochers et il est mignon. Compliments Luc et merci.

I can't believe this cute little Chipmunk is a rodent. Out cat brings home rats (live rats!!) and this is defintely NOT a rat! So they aren't squirrels, but similar?
Excellent capture Luc, very sharp and clear. Good photo too, I love it, well done.
Can you make pets out of them?
Another nice looking guy on your Intro page too...

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-22 5:45]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful capture.Colors,sharpness,POV,details,clear eyes and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-22 7:03]

Well captured Luc! My gf and I saw a lot of these little critters when we were in Canada. Unfortunately we didn't capture any on photo as they were too quick for us! You did great! Sharp details and great, warm light. Well done & TFS!


Hello Luc,

These little guys are not easy to photograph as they scamper so quickly everywhere.

This one is well captured with nice sharp details, and colors, against the autumn leaves.

It has been many years since I walked on Mont-Royal, I bet it is lovely there in the fall.

Thank you for sharing this chipmunk with us.

Hello Luc!
Very nice shot.POV,details,colors,DOF,sharpness and your cute model are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

I like the light & shadow here Luc. It helps to set your subject apart well. Well composed with great color & detail. Thank You my friend.

So this is a chipmunk! So cute. It must be a relative to the squirrel. We do not have chipmunks in northern Europe. I only know them by Disney, but with short tails. Excellent picture of a lovely little animal!

Hi Luc, exellent your cute chipmonk.
Pose is excellent, excellent sharpness, great details, warm colours and great POV. That´s great composition. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Luc

Sorry to say my time is limited again today, so this is just a quick critique. Very good work. I like the POV. Sharpness and detail are good. Well done. Thanks.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-22 17:15]

Smiley now, critique tomorrow :-)

Cute chipmonk. Good composition and colors and DOF


Hi Luc,
I can sit an watch these guys for hours. Excellent colors, detail, and clarity. Great lighting here. Superb note as always. Great work my friend!

What a lovely capture Luc, great light, detail and clean composition. Very good work.

This is a critter I would love to see in real life, Luc. Nice shadows and the light where it should be. Well done, MF.

Beautiful shot!
The chipmunks are soo prety!
Bye Tom

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