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Due to a sore heel, I'm staying off my feet as much as possible for awhile. Anyway, I started getting this guy to take peanuts from me last year, so I finally decided to try to get a picture of it happening. Due to the weight and wait, I thought it would be easier to use my Panasonic. I kept the door open with my knee, knelt down, and was focused on the peanut by the time he decided to take the peanut. I had attempted this last week, but it was dark out and the picture didn't turn out worth a darn. After that, he was a little camera shy, due to the shutter click. However, when I let the dog out, here he came up the steps. He got to the top, took one look at the dog, and away he went. A few minutes later, with the dog inside, there he was at the bottom of the steps. He wasted no time coming back up for his treat.

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Too many trips out to fill the feeders at Camden?? These photos turned out really well!

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That's cool. I always get nervous when the squirrels come after my nuts!

Being it's your birthday, I'll let you get by with that. grin

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I was a bit concerned the first time. But surprisingly, he is very slow and deliberate, when he takes it from me. He doesn't run up and snatch it. He slowly moves in and gently pulls it from between my fingers.

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