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Sunflower thief by Celeste Mookherjee

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Here’s proof that squirrels at my local botanical garden steal sunflower seed heads. :) They climb a sunflower stalk, sever the head with their teeth, and scurry off with their prize, stopping to munch seeds. It’s very funny to watch. If a human like me moves nearby, they scamper up the nearest tree with their prize. And if the human has a camera — the squirrel thief is caught red-handed, as this little girl was! (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 1250, shade, handheld)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Snack Time” challenge in Local Critters group (July 2014)

Featured in Squirrels at Play (27 September 2014)

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  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelover 3 years ago

    He’s hit the jackpot! Cool shot!

  • Thanks, Cindy! This happens ALL the time! The garden plants a big patch of sunflowers, and the squirrels harvest the seeds en mass. It’s so much fun to watch the squirrels.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleover 3 years ago

    Oh, so sweet Celeste . . . . what a lovely shot.

  • Thanks very much, Teresa!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...over 3 years ago

    .. no wonder he’s so chubby…..cute photo of this little thief….

  • Thank you, Katherine! I enjoy their antics so much.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Very sweet capture! She looks as though she may be expecting and probably needs all that extra nutrition! :)

  • My thought exactly (that she is expecting). I only wish that one of these times I could see and photograph the babies, but the mamas seem to keep them hidden. I guess they are very good and protective mamas. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 3 years ago

    very sweet capture!

  • Isn’t she adorable? I get such a kick out of these creatures. Thanks for your comments!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonabout 3 years ago

    Very cute!

  • Thanks very much, Barbara!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Nick Boren
    Nick Borenabout 3 years ago

    This is a fabulous image Celeste… that little guy is so cute.. :-)

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaabout 2 years ago

    He seems to be quite comfortable up on that tree, doesn’t he. Lovely shot, Celeste and title haha.

  • Thanks, Ralph! Yes, she knows she is safe from me and can eat her sunflower seeds in peace. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boily9 months ago

    great choice for the challenge. good luck Celeste ;)

  • Thanks, Manon! I get such a kick out of the squirrels and their antics. By the way, I saw your comment on my peacock (top 10 in Open wide), but RB is not letting me get to any comments after the first 10. Thanks for that banner.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Keala
    Keala6 months ago

    This is a fabulous capture Celeste!

  • Thank you, Leigh!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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