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01-22-2023, 11:39 AM - 4 Likes   #1
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"Three Gifts For Smurfette" - Jay Hiding Acorns

Watched this happen last November, finally came around to editing the files. Still amazed at the level of planning and finesse that the bird portrayed here.

All with K-3 III and DA* 300 + F 1.7x AF adapter.

Arriving on the bench with a throat full of acorns

Three Gifts For Smurfette #1

Dropping one...

Three Gifts For Smurfette #2


Three Gifts For Smurfette #3

... then another on the bench

Three Gifts For Smurfette #4

Scouting the location for the third that is still in its throat

Three Gifts For Smurfette #5

Found a suitable place next to three decorative fly agarics

Three Gifts For Smurfette #6

Pushing it into the ground

Three Gifts For Smurfette #7

Hiding/Marking the spot with a leaf

Three Gifts For Smurfette #8

Back up on the bench to pick up the second one

Three Gifts For Smurfette #9

Showing off beak dexterity

Three Gifts For Smurfette #10

At the next spot

Three Gifts For Smurfette #11

Looking good

Three Gifts For Smurfette #12

Back to the bench to get the last one

Three Gifts For Smurfette #13

Putting it in the right position

Three Gifts For Smurfette #14

Burying it deep

Three Gifts For Smurfette #15

Looking for something to cover up the hole

Three Gifts For Smurfette #16

Found another leaf for the purpose

Three Gifts For Smurfette #17

All jumbled

Three Gifts For Smurfette #18

Shake it out

Three Gifts For Smurfette #19

Content with itself

Three Gifts For Smurfette #20

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Wow! What a sequence and a great story! Amazing captures!
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QuoteOriginally posted by que es tu Quote
Wow! What a sequence and a great story! Amazing captures!
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Awesome!
Thanks for your comments! I'm grateful for the opportunity of having been able to not only watch, but also document the behaviour I only read about so far. I'm quite sure that if it had seen me in the open second floor window, it would have aborted or even returned to get the acorns that were already buried.

The number of pictures is on the higher side, and some are misfocused or blurry, but they do tell the little "story" that unfolded right there. If I had known beforehand what was about to happen, perhaps I would have taken a video instead. Next time

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