As always, I’m on the lookout for good photos, so if you have any, please send them in.
Today’s contribution is from Doug Hayes, whom we know from his “Breakfast Crew” series of bird photos. Today, however, he shows us a mammal. His words are indented, and you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.
Just some photos of Chip Monk, an eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus) and member of the Breakfast Crew here in Richmond, Virginia. Chip (I’m pretty sure now that Chip is a female) has been scampering around the yard scavenging seeds scattered by the birds for over a year now. Recently, Chip discovered the suet feeders and has been climbing up to supplement her meals with delicious lard and corn. Chip comes out around mid morning to eat, but is active again during the late afternoon. From time to time, when Chip spots me at the window, she will come closer to get a better look.
Chip just under my window after spotting me. Just to the right of the photo is the box that houses our generator. I’m pretty sure Chip lives inside as I have seen her come out a couple of times. Fortunately, the generator and wiring are inside another box separate from Chip’s lair.
Chip in one of our plant beds one late afternoon. There is a small seed feeder in the bed, and Chip scavenges the bird’s leftovers.
For the past few weeks, Chip has been supplementing her diet with suet. Not too surprising, since the squirrels also love the stuff.
Chip has climbed about four feet from the ground to reach the suet.
Lard, corn and sunflower seeds. A balanced meal!
Chip perched and ate for over 15 minutes.
This is about the closest Chip has ever come to the window. She is only about seven feet away, just about as close as the lens will focus, and stayed there for several minutes.
Camera info: Sony A7RIV body, Sony FE 200-600 zoom lens plus 1.4X teleconverter, iFootage Cobra 2 monopod and gimbal head, ISO 5,000, Daylight color balance, f11, variable shutter speed according to lighting conditions.