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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Beaver Family First Sighting...

Two days ago I had my first sighting of a beaver in Catoctin Creek. Today, I was lucky enough to see the entire family. I was watching a single adult…



When I became aware of a second one leaving the den…


As the two adults interacted a baby, called a “kit”, swam up to the pair…


The three of them preened and groomed each other and seemed to be having a good time playing at the edge of the water…


In this photo a second kit has joined the family activity...


When one of the adults started to swim away the young ones came along, even hitching a ride on its back…



In this photo, the adult dives with both young ones still clinging to it...


It was entertaining and educational to watch this family group interact. I also was able to get a photo of a Great Blue Heron and two spawning carp…





These photos were taken at dawn and required an ISO of 6400.  They were shot at 400 mm with a shutter speed of 1/20 sec.  I apologize for the poor quality.



3 comments:

  1. Hallo Steve

    wow wat mooi die Bever familie, so sweet.
    Hele mooie opnames, prachtig blog.
    Fijne dagen Gr. Louisa

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  2. As always, Louisa, thanks for your comments.
    Steve

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  3. Can't believe I missed this post. The kits are a great addition to the entertainment. Hope to see more.

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