Saturday, September 06, 2008

Feeding the Need: Muskrat




After learning that the Haines-Seville Wetland contained a small population of muskrats, I began returning in the evenings in hopes of capturing more images.

August was quite dry in our area and the wetland was shrinking daily. This in turn concentrated the muskrats into a smaller area allowing me to cover much of the open water from one position.

Each evening as the sun neared the horizon the muskrats would surface from their submerged dens and begin feeding. Some would leave the water and travel only a few feet before cutting vegetation and carrying it back to the water while others would apparently travel some distance as they would be gone ten to fifteen minutes before returning with their fresh cut bundle.

Whenever possible the muskrats travel in the shadows but on a few occasions one, such as this one, would break the rules and travel through a sunlit area.

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18 comments:

bobbie said...

He looks like a busy little critter. very nice picture.

ratmammy said...

that's a great shot of that muskrat. you got lucky!

Dirk said...

Not easy to catch this muskrat. Great picture!
Dirkjogt, Belgium

Bradley Myers said...

Great catch and story. I am glad you were able to get him. I am guessing the level should go up a bit if you got as much rain as we did yesterday.

My wife spotted a muskrat very close to our home here in Mechanicsburg and is pointing me in the right direction. With any luck I can get some shots like you.

June said...

The little guy looks ferocious :-) Nice get...

Old Wom Tigley said...

Never seen one of these before Salty... they remind me of something else but I can't think what they are called.. Love the header as well.

Tom

Louise said...

Would love to see them in action! I'm glad one popped out into the sun for a good picture for you (us!).

fishing guy said...

Salty: So nicely done with the Muskrat with it's mouth full of treats.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I have not seen one around here for a while but I did see a ground hog not long ago. Boy it was a fat one.

Lilli & Nevada said...

great shot never saw a muskrat before

babooshka said...

I'd love to capture these but they just aren't around this way.Well done

Ivar Ivrig said...

Wonderful shot. We don't have this animal here. Cool to see. Great catch :-)

Ladynred said...

What a lovely muskrat. First time to see this critter!

photowannabe said...

Made me think of the old song Muskrat Love by Captain and Teneil.SP?
Great shot that required a lot of patience.

Shellmo said...

Your muskrat is definitely on the move - nice shot!

Misty Dawn said...

I think they are fun to watch, but Hubs gets really upset when they are in our pond.

Great shot as always Salty - you never let me down.

Wolf Lover Girl said...

Nice shot! I can just "see" it swimming in the water.

~ Wolf Lover Girl

Rambling Woods said...

We have a muskrat den on our pond and our neighbors keep trying to shoot it, trap it and wish it away. Wetlands are muskrat territory..