East Canyon Least Chipmunks – Chippies Delight Me

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Least Chipmunk close upLeast Chipmunk close up – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/500, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I love birds but I also love wildlife photography and will take photos of the wildlife I find while I am out looking for birds. Yesterday while up in the Wasatch Mountains I was delighted to be able to photograph two Least Chipmunks I found in East Canyon of Morgan County, Utah. The chipmunks were busy eating and scurrying around and they were great subjects to photograph.

Least Chipmunk in leaf litterLeast Chipmunk in leaf litter – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2500, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

Least Chipmunks are tiny and they are the smallest chipmunks in North America. They can be as hard to photograph as some the the smaller, flitty little birds because they just don’t’ stay still for long but the pair I had in my viewfinder yesterday did. Long enough for me to catch them in the leaf litter…

Least Chipmunk eating on a rockLeast Chipmunk eating on a rock – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/2000, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

And eating while sitting up on a rock underneath some huge trees. The sun light and shadows just seemed to work perfectly in most of my images.

Least Chipmunk nibbling on seedsLeast Chipmunk nibbling on seeds – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/3200, ISO 400, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

It was difficult to figure out which of the two chipmunks to focus on at times while I took a boatload of photos of the pair.

Least Chipmunk on a logLeast Chipmunk on a log – Nikon D500, f7.1, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikkor 500mm VR, natural light

I adore these little chipmunks and I am happy that I was able to spend a few minutes with them yesterday photographing and admiring them. Bird photography may be my primary passion but wildlife photography also comes very close.

Life is good.

Mia

5 Comments

  1. Elephants Child June 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Absolute charmers.

  2. April Olson June 16, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Absolutely adorable. I gained new respect for these fast agile little creatures while rehabbing them. When they are very young they are held in your hand to feed formula. You soon discover that if their head can get through your fingers so can the whole body. They get very excited to eat and are almost impossible to hold onto.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

    They are so cute! I love the way they hop/bound when they run….

  4. Kim June 16, 2017 at 6:05 am

    Love these!

  5. Bob mcphersons June 16, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Beautiful photos, MiA. Hard to catch, but worthwhile.

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