As busy as…

a beaver.BusyBeaver8


BusyBeaver4Where there is open water there is sure to be wildlife, but today is the first time I have seen a beaver in this part of the creek. It has obviously been busy in the area for a while, downing small trees and stripping off the bark for food. I’m not sure where its lodge might be located but I didn’t want to stick around for too long and be overly disruptive. Even with snowshoes on it is difficult to move quietly as the top layer of deep snow has a thick crunchy crust. Even so, some creatures are amazingly tolerant of the human activity on the periphery.

BusyBeaver3© Karen McRae, 2013

53 thoughts on “As busy as…

    1. Yes, tolerant to some degree. Thanks, Vassilis, I find most beaver disappear underwater before I can get a decent photograph of them so I was happy this guy wasn’t too shy.

  1. Nice gliding images, Karen. It’s not always easy to get a good shot at them in such low light. If you don’t see a lodge out in the water, it is possible that it has a bank lodge which is not always easy to see.

    1. Thanks, Steve. Yes, the light was poor yesterday. I think the snow reflecting on the surface helped a little.
      I’ll have to back and have another look around sometime, it might be hard to find the lodge with all the snow we’ve had too.

    1. They do significantly rearrange their environment but they are much less destructive than humans! Some of their rearranging benefits other wildlife too. I guess it’s all in your perspective.

  2. Oh….how beautiful. You are so lucky to be able to see such a delightful creature close up. I absolutely loved these

  3. What fun!! Not often that you get to see a beaver-at-work. Wishing you and yours all the bet in this up and coming new year!

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