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Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Chipmunk
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-25 20:28
Viewed: 1739
Points: 8
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It was my second sighting and FIRST shot of a Chipmunk! :)

To be specific, this is an Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus), whom i had met at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield. My first Chipmunk i had seen at the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick. The Rodent had crossed my way rapidly then. I got some time to appreciate its gorgeous colour then, but didn't get a scope to photograph.

This time, the Chipmunk was eating something on the 'rockery trail' that meets the 'waterfowl trail'. Chipmunks seemed to be very shy. I had to wait about 30 minutes at one place.. literally like a statue to make the Chipmunk feel there was nobody! :)

Chipmunk, when photographed in shade looks pale.. but when under direct sunlight, it starts shining! Gorgeous, cute, restless creature :)

Check this link for the differences between a Chipmunk and a Squirrel:
Chipmunk vs Squirrel

Sorry for the tail. It moves so fast.. you know :/

[Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. Without a tripod]

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Honest notes. I like that. I agree with you about many things. They run like the wind, usually away from us. And they are indeed most colourful in full sun. I like your rugged wood backdrop. A fine and worthy entrant.
Bob Shannon
Old guy.....

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-05-26 1:48]

Hi Ruby,a very rare guest of the TN gallery and a great capture whit the best light to have bright colors and perfect details,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ruby
I saw this pic on Flickr.Great capture,wonderful bright colours and excellent sharpness.Thank You.
Have a good week!
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-28 18:49]

Hello Ruby,
I think these tiny critters have some of the prettiest coats of any rodent. I love their racing stripes and light colored eye rings. Even though you didn't get the tail, it is still a great shot of this cute little critter.
It's funny, but I don't seem to see as many chipmunks around like I used to when I was a kid. I'm not sure if they are declining in numbers or if I just thought there were a lot more because I had plenty of time to be in the woods when I was younger.

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