Muskrats were once a common sight in the creek I grew up along. Their den holes perforated the muddy banks of the stream. With the passing of hurricane Agnes in 1972, heavy flooding occurred in our area and the large muskrat population was no more. Only a remnant population remains.
This morning I arrived at the Haines-Seville Wetland at first light. Soon after setting up a muskrat swam past my hide but there was insufficient light for photography. As much as it pleased me to see a creature that I had not seen in many years, I was disappointed that the chance for an image had passed me by.
A little later my heart skipped a beat when I noticed that a second muskrat was swimming towards me. I was determined to not allow this second chance to pass me by. With the camera set on ISO 800 and the 100-400mm on its widest aperture I began composing and firing as rapidly as possible.
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