sunflower thief

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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)

 

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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.

 

Step 1: Log in to your Outdoor Photographer, or register if you don't yet have an account (takes only a minute):

www.outdoorphotographer.com/registration/register/generic...

 

Step 2: go to:

www.outdoorphotographer.com/expressions/the-contest/the-n...

 

Rate it with stars! (Thank you to any of you who can take a few minutes to vote.)

 

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

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Taken on July 17, 2011