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:
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:
… 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):
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)
- ISO 500 (to assure movement was “frozen”)
- Aperture f/5.6
- Shutter Speed 1/500 sec.