A Slightly Shy Beaver

Last week I posted on a busy beaver in Waterton Canyon, after fresh snow fell and the temperatures dropped like a rock (“Now That Winter is Nearly Here”). Today’s post is the same beaver, showing a series of images of him hard at work.

In this first image, he waddled out of the water and into a thick stand of willows … just a few short feet from me. Of course, I was not going to get a great shot of him with all the saplings growing, but I tried to get a closeup of his face as he looked for the perfect sapling:

American Beaver works at cutting down a willow sapling

After cutting a sapling, instead of carrying it directly to his lodge via the shortest distance, he decided to swim to the opposite side of the river:

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

… then he maneuvered over a snow-covered logjam, then back into the water and towards his lodge. Here is the full sequence as he climbs over the snowy jam and back into the water (note the yellow, cut end of the sampling in his mouth):

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

American Beaver with a fresh-cut willow sapling

As in this case, I just LOVE work … I can sit and watch it for hours!

Photo Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens (at 375mm)
  • Handheld
  • ISO 500 (to assure movement was “frozen”)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.

 

 

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  • Frances Ruth Harris

    I remember the first beaver I ever saw in the wild! I was in the UP of Michigan sitting in a row boat in the middle of a small pond. The little guy popped up! He was so cute! It was a fun day!

  • Thanks, Frances, they are very fun to watch. I particularly like kayaking a couple of local places, where there are large populations of beavers. It is so much fun to be out in the water, as you have experienced, and have them all around you! :o)