Most of my photography of chipmunks involve foraging and emerging from burrows. Gathering acorns or munching on seeds I have marveled at their beauty.
I was enjoying at all the lovely spring birds in the new spring canopy when I noticed my husband had stopped up the trail. He was looking down, standing still and taking photos. I moved slowly up the trail to his side and he pointed out a chipmunk on a downed limb. It was sniffing the log and then picked up what I though was a nut. It wasn’t until I began editing my photos the truth was revealed.
The nut was actually a snail. I had capture the chipmunk breaking the shell and sucking out its inhabitant. Research revealed ” Most of the eastern chipmunk’s diet is made up of nuts, acorns, seeds, mushrooms, fruits, berries and corn. It also eats insects, bird eggs, snails and small mammals like young mice.” http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/chipmunk.htm The sweet little forest dweller was a actually a capable predator. I went back through 9 years of chipmunk photos and discovered these were the first
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Beautiful photos, Angel. What a fun day!