Monday, April 21, 2008

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I came across this muskrat in a marshy channel where I can usually find mallards hanging out. If you follow the channel in, you come to a dead end where, sometimes, if I’m very lucky, I get to see a muskrat or two. In my experience, these critters are very shy and I count myself more lucky than stealthy when I manage to get a shot of one. As it was, this one hung out, motionless, for three or four minutes before deciding he wasn’t fooling me. Then he dove under the water, perhaps to an entrance of a burrow. Muskrats often dig openings to their nests below the waterline, and on many occasions I’ve seen them swimming along and diving when they reach the riverbank.