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The Eastern Chipmunk

The Eastern Chipmunk
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Copyright: Mircea Costina (mirceax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 49 N: 1356] (6261)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D50, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-04-10 14:36
Viewed: 2653
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus, is a small squirrel-like rodent found in eastern North America, a member of the chipmunk genus, Tamias.

They have reddish-brown fur on their upper parts with 5 dark brown stripes and contrasting light brown stripes along their backs and light underparts. They have a tawny stripe that goes from their whiskers to below their ears and light stripes over their eyes. They have a dark tail. Like other chipmunks, they transport food in pouches in their cheeks.

They live in deciduous woods and urban parks in southern Canada and the eastern United States. They prefer locations with rocky areas and shrubs to provide cover.

They climb trees well but construct underground nests with extensive tunnel systems, often with several entrances. They store food in their burrows. During winter, these animals enter long periods of torpor, but do not truly hibernate.

These animals are mainly active during the day, spending most of their day foraging for food. They eat bulbs, seeds, fruits, nuts, green plants, mushrooms, insects, worms, bird eggs and smaller mammals. Predators include hawks, foxes, raccoons, weasels, snakes and cats.

Eastern chipmunks defend their burrows and live solitary lives, except during mating. Females produce 1 or 2 litters of 4 to 5 young. They have two breeding seasons. One goes from February to April, the other June to August. The expected lifespan of Tamias striatus in the wild is perhaps a year; in captivity it may live eight years. On average they live 2-3 years.

In order to hide their burrow, eastern chipmunks will carry the dirt that they excavate to a different location in their cheek pouches. Since they are an easy prey species, they have to hide their burrows. They also line their burrows with leaves, rocks, sticks, and other material. This makes them even harder to see.


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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-10 14:53]

great focus good pose nice use of DOF to blur the background excellent colors.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-10 15:12]

such a nice colours with the lovely Eastern Chipmunk, nice POV and sharpness well focused well done TFS

Hello Mircea.

Excellent image, very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-04-10 15:46]

Hi Mircea. Good picture of the Chipmunk.Lots of detail in his coat, and good colours.with a Nice POv. TFS well done..

Excllent shot well composd and capted photo well done

TFS Kyle

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-10 16:31]

Hola Mircea.- Bella foto de esta pequeña Ardillita. Colores naturales y nuy nitidos.

Hello Mircea,

Excellent capture of this little Chipmunk! Great contrasting colours and POV, sharpness is perfect as well. Well done, and thanks for sharing. :)


Great chipmunk shot. Very cute. Nice POV and DOF

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-10 18:21]

Hola Mircea,
buena captura y detalles excelentes,
colores y nitidez,
buen encuadre...saludos

good capture, well done
sharp, good colors

  • Great 
  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-10 22:45]

Hello Mircea

A wonderful shot of this cute little chipmunk.The details and focus are sharp.The colours appear very natural,with lovely detail in the fur.Very good POV and DOF.You have managed nice catch light in the eye.Well done.TFS


Awww. so adorable!
I love pictures of chipmunks and squirrels.
This one is captured with good sharpness and colors that are so natural yet pleasing to the eye.
The details are clear and the bkground is good.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-04-11 4:27]

Hi Mircea

Great shot of the little Chipmunk, great POV and a nicely presented composition with a really cute pose, very good detail and lovely warm colours tones.

TFS Hilary :o)

Hi Mircea,
A super shot of the little Chipmunk. Very good focus showing plenty of detail. Good compo, colors, light and surroundings. Very nice! TFS Lyndon

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-04-16 9:04]

Beautiful details, Mircea.
Sharp and well lit.
Colors are well saturated.
Cute pose.
TFS. : )

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