Saturday, May 5, 2012

Beaver/Camera Critters

 Hungry beaver chowing down

Soooo, I was really looking for ducks and shore birds - ones I don't have on my still-very-short life list. Unfortunately, I found no new birds.

BUT I did see three or four beavers. The first one saw me first and the only reason I knew it was there was because it slapped its tail on the water making a huge sound and a big splash. I think I scared it.

I had been fairly quiet.  But I got even quieter, inching my way along the path close to the water's edge, poking my lens through a million cat-n-nine-tails as I traveled.  I knew I'd hit pay dirt when I spied a beaver lodge, so I waited quietly until this guy or gal waddled up onto the opposite bank for a nibble.

It was difficult to see through the cattails. Luckily the beaver was hungry so stayed in one place for a few minutes while I fiddled with my camera.

Swimming beaver

Eventually, the beaver had eaten enough treats, so took off.

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34 comments:

Andy said...

Nice capture Camera Girl. Sometimes we go in search of one thing to photograph and we end up (like in this case) finding the unexpected.

Icy BC said...

He/she is one wet and fearsome looking! Great captures!

Jill said...

That first photo is fantastic! I love seeing into his eye.

Lowell said...

Wow, I'm impressed. Hope you didn't get your camera wet. This is such a difficult shot to get, but you did it!

Paul in Powell River said...

Getting the chance for a shot like the first one is awesome!

Betty Roan said...

Cool capture! You find the most interesting subjects!

Kathy said...

Your patience paid off!

Birdman said...

Cute... but doing damage all the time.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shots. These are great captures.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Halcyon said...

How lucky! I think it's hard to catch a beaver. Glad he was hungry. :) I find them so cute.

Elisa said...

So cute!

Sandra said...

that first photo is totally AWESOME. I love it, and much better than birds which i can see any place any time. so did you get any shots of cat tails? i would have snapped a few hundred of just cat tails. don't have any here

TexWisGirl said...

these are great! thanks for sharing them!

Judy said...

You have to be so patient to get wonderful shots like these!

rainfield61 said...

You are so close to the critter for some terrific pictures.

Cezar and Léia said...

The first shot is great, can feel the apprehension in the air: "do I eat my treat or pose for the picture"?
God bless you!
Cezar

Amila Kanchana said...

Ah,beaver,one of the wonders of nature! Thanks for sharing the pictures!

RedPat said...

Wow - you should do this again for Canada Day - our national animal after all!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos - how wonderful to find the beavers unexpectedly like that!

Lois Evensen said...

How fun! Very nice images. :)

Judy @ daily yarns said...

Love that top shot. We never did fully see a beaver when we walked the river in Illinois, only the tail splashes did we hear.

Nancy said...

Very cool photos -- I can see you sneaking through the cattails... :)

Stephanie said...

Glad for your patience to capture the beaver. And the fact that he or she stayed in one place long enough. Great eye!

Randy said...

He doesn't look too happy.

ladyfi said...

Wow - amazing shots.

Dianne said...

he's a big one!!
I love how his wet fur looks
great shots

VioletSky said...

Yay, you got your beaver shot!

Susan said...

I love these! I've never been close up to a beaver. Great photos!

NixBlog said...

Great captures. I love these critters!

Esther Joy said...

This is awesome! Beautiful shots! I have so much to learn!

George said...

Your first picture is absolutely marvelous.

George said...

Your first picture is absolutely marvelous.

KB said...

Very cool. My CC pic is up too.

wifetoalineman02 said...

wow! what a beautiful shots of the beaver :-) love it :-) Dropping by from Camera Critters

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