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    Here's proof that squirrels at South Coast Botanic 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! (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 1250, shade, handheld)

    Click the image to view large on black (or L to view in light box).

    Announcement: my sister (Marylou) is a finalist in the video section of a contest at Outdoor Photographer magazine with an A/V presentation of images from her recent journey in the Antarctic. I'm blatantly soliciting votes (she didn't ask me to) and hope you will view her 3-minute video (lots of cool nature shots, especially penguins!) and award it some stars.

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    Marylou's contest entry was limited to 3 minutes, but she has posted the full video (14 min. 50 sec.) on YouTube.

    Nick Boren Photography, Orbitgal, and 36 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Þorgils Sig. 33 months ago | reply

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      *****CONGRATULATIONS*****

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    3. Jay Bees Pics ~ Trying to come back slowly! 33 months ago | reply

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    4. SamyColor 33 months ago | reply

      Fantastic catch Celeste, beautiful!!!!

    5. Rosa Gamboias 33 months ago | reply

      Wonderful capture!!

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    6. The Finest Soldier [Passionate Learner] 33 months ago | reply

      Fantastic shot...
      Tooo tooooo much clear nd sharp...
      excllnt... Thanks for ur visit nd the compliments...

    7. Foto.Bloke 33 months ago | reply

      Excellent image! Thank you!


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    8. Dogeed 33 months ago | reply

      Splendide photo, c'est extra comme prise !! très jolies couleurs.

    9. CharleneM50 33 months ago | reply

      you caught him perfectly. . hope he enjoyed the seeds!

    10. LuongPham 33 months ago | reply

      Ahh... I see from where (and whom) are the source of your advice to me! ;-{)

      Will go visit Marylou's site later today...

    11. Salwa Afef 33 months ago | reply

      Wow ,so cute and beautiful shot :)

    12. 29dreamcatcher29 33 months ago | reply

      So cute...what a great quality picture, Celeste!

    13. Memories by Jules (not here much) 32 months ago | reply

      This is such a great catch! Well photographed!

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    20. nemoegero 32 months ago | reply

      Hello. Mr. Squirrel
      You know Celeste? ;)

      Thank you Celeste.

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