Close-up: Beaver gathering food

Recently I had the opportunity to observe a family of beavers.
I’ve spotted the conical structure of their lodge last winter, but weren’t able to actually see any of them at that time.
This spring however, I became a familiar intruder in their remote area, which enabled me to watch attentively their feeding behaviour.
And recently, take pictures from shorter distances of approximately 8-10 feet.

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heidi perryman June 24, 2012 at 11:12 am

That sure looks like a closeup of a muskrat gathering food. The coloring and the whisker placement. Did you get a tail picture? We've been watching our colony pretty close for 5 years and have some great closeups. Since you were that close what was the size?

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Mike Lascut June 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

Thanks for your feedback and the link to the video.

I’d say it was a beaver as it was fairly big for a muskrat. And most importantly, it had a flat tail which was used in two instances to splash the water. The size of the one in the photograph was probably around 2-3 feet.

All the best,

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