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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-30 6:32
Viewed: 1836
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Chipmunks are small, striped rodents of the family Sciuridae. All species of chipmunks are found in North America, with the exception of the Siberian chipmunk, which is found primarily in Asia.

Taxonomy and systematics
Chipmunks may be classified either as a single genus, Tamias (Greek: ταμίας), or as three genera: Tamias, which includes the eastern chipmunk; Eutamias, which includes the Siberian chipmunk; and Neotamias, which includes the 23 remaining, mostly western, species. These classifications are arbitrary, and most taxonomies over the twentieth century have placed the chipmunks in a single genus. The genus name Tamias is Greek for "treasurer", "steward", or "housekeeper", which is a reference to the animals' role in plant dispersal through their habit of collecting and storing food for winter use.

Chipmunks have an omnivorous diet primarily consisting of seeds, nuts and other fruits, and buds. They also commonly eat grass, shoots, and many other forms of plant matter, as well as fungi, insects and other arthropods, small frogs, worms, and bird eggs. Around humans, chipmunks can eat cultivated grains and vegetables, and other plants from farms and gardens, so they are sometimes considered pests. Chipmunks mostly forage on the ground, but they climb trees to obtain nuts such as hazelnuts and acorns. At the beginning of autumn, many species of chipmunk begin to stockpile nonperishable foods for winter. They mostly cache their foods in a larder in their burrows and remain in their nests until spring, unlike some other species which make many small caches of food.

Ecology and life history
Eastern chipmunks mate in early spring and again in early summer, producing litters of four or five young twice each year. Western chipmunks breed only once a year. The young emerge from the burrow after about six weeks and strike out on their own within the next two weeks.
These small mammals fulfill several important functions in forest ecosystems. Their activities harvesting and hoarding tree seeds play a crucial role in seedling establishment. They consume many different kinds of fungi, including those involved in symbiotic mycorrhizal associations with trees, and are an important vector for dispersal of the spores of subterranean sporocarps (truffles) which have co-evolved with these and other mycophagous mammals and thus lost the ability to disperse their spores through the air.

Chipmunks construct expansive burrows which can be more than 3.5 m (11 ft) in length with several well-concealed entrances. The sleeping quarters are kept clean as shells and feces are stored in refuse tunnels.
Chipmunks play an important role as prey for various predatory mammals and birds but are also opportunistic predators themselves, particularly with regard to bird eggs and nestlings. In Oregon, mountain bluebirds (Siala currucoides) have been observed energetically mobbing chipmunks that they see near their nest trees.

Chipmunks typically live about three years although some have been observed living to nine years in captivity.

Source: Wikipedia

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great portrait, nice to be your neighbour, Ori

hallo Peter
wat een mooie opname zo dichtbij
die kleurtjes op zijn kop ,Prachtig is dat
super scherp en mooie compositie
Leuk beetje
bedankt weer
gr lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-11-30 7:27]

Hello Peter,
what a lovely shot of the Chipmunks,i love your very fine POV, also fine framing,
cute and curious pose of the squirrel.Excellent sharpness and details.
Regards Sigi

Hello Peter,

Informative NOTE from where I came to know the originality of its genus(name). Perfect....
Yes, perfect POV too. Excellent BG and details. Even colors on its body look perfect. Well presentation.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • NikosR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 3 N: 447] (3436)
  • [2015-11-30 12:05]

Hello Peter

Excellent image of this Sciuridae, many useful information. I like its pose. Excellent sharpness and details, very nice POV.



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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-11-30 17:37]

Hi Peter
Beautiful close up of this rodent, with sharp details.
I have seen similar small animals in northern Mexico.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-01 6:36]

Hi Peter,magnificent portrait of this specie not often seen on TN,absolutely perfect the sharpness and the exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2015-12-01 10:03]

Hi Peter,
Lovely chipmunk in nice natural colored. Very good composition and fantastic details.
Regards Jiri.

This is one the most cute-portrait of the week so lovely indeed all work is excellent well done PETER VAN

Hi Peter,
perfect focus on this cute little chipmunk. thanks for showing

Hello Peter
Excellent captured of this nice animal, his head is very well focused, it look very curiously, fine and naturzal colors
thanks a lot and good night

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-12-01 17:55]

Hello Peter,
A wonderful close-up image of this cute little chipmunk in a nice relaxed pose. The markings and colors are a little different from those here in the eastern US. Tac sharp focus showing excellent detail and natural colors. Nice eye contact with a bit of that ever sought after catchlight. Great job!!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2015-12-02 14:28]

What a great picture! super sharpness and very natural. I like it!
Congratulation and thank you for sharing it.

Hi Peter
Beautiful close up of this rodent.


Hello Peter,

Hope life is good. Been busy, Peter and have come to this marvellous shot of yours quite late so my apologies.It is a sharp, wonderfully focused face of this lovely rodent. The colours are lifelike and true, feel prone to touch it, it is so alive. Great work! Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
warm regards,

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2015-12-04 5:25]

Excelente foto. Ângulo. Cores. Detalhes. Tudo muito bom. Parabéns. Um grande abraço do Brasil. Reynaldo.

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