Busy Beavers, Part 1

As was the case last year when I visited Waterton Canyon, I again had some quality time with beavers in the canyon. This year, I had a pair of beavers active in front of my lens … and they seemed to hang around for hours! Here are a few of the images I captured of the beavers as they foraged around their winter food pantry they have been accumulating for winter:

American Beaver foraging

American Beaver foraging

American Beaver foraging

American Beaver

Beavers start building their winter food cache (i.e., food pantry) as fall approaches. As winter ushers in and the water freezes, the beavers can swim under the ice and forage on their cached supply of willow branches. The cache in these images appeared to be a free-floating pile of willow branches, just a short distance away from their lodge.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF 100mm-400mm f/4.5-f/5.6 IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 500 and ISO 800
  • Aperture f/5.6 to f/6.3
  • Shutter 1/100 sec. to 1/500 sec.



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