Friday, June 5, 2009

Camera Critters


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These are the last of the photos to share of the beaver we came across at Walney Pond. He was a very interesting animal and as cute as all get out. There were times when he reminded me of a little dog, especially when swimming in the water.

At other times he reminded me of a sea otter when he appeared to be floating on top eating his food. I don't know enough about him and couldn't really tell if he was floating on his back or standing on the bottom of the pond.

Whoever coined the phrase "Busy as a Beaver" was spot on. He or she very industriously chewed the lily pads off their stems and either ate them right there or swam to shore and took them back to a spot underneath a tree, and then kept coming back and repeating the process dozens of times.

On line I read: "Beaver who inhabit smaller streams or ponds will make lodges so they can be active all winter and as defense against predators. The lodge will be made of primarily mud and branches."
A beaver's front feet have 5 fingers and are very skilled at manipulating objects. They can take a twig no bigger than a pencil and twirl it around like corn on the cob as they nibble off the bark.
The front teeth (incisors) of a beaver, or any other rodent, grow throughout the life of the animal. The front surface of the incisors is made of a very hard enamel that is dull orange in color. Since the back part of the tooth is not as hard, it wears off first, resulting in a chisel-like shape which, for a beaver, is perfect for the tasks of felling trees and stripping their bark. A beaver can drop a 5 cm. (2") tree in just a few minutes.

Beavers are highly social animals. They live in family groups consisting of the parents, young of the year and two-year old offspring. Litter size averages 3, so a family of 8 beavers would not be uncommon.

Finally our beaver retreated to shore, we watched as it stood on its hind legs and chewed off a few lower branches of the tree and then disappeared out of sight.


47 comments:

willow said...

You got some great pics! He's adorable. I loved this post.

tricia said...

I don't think I've ever seen a beaver other than in pictures. Yours is a cute little guy for sure. So many lily pads! Great shots as ever. You always have such interesting posts. No wonder your blog is so popular.

Kilauea Poetry said...

I can't believe the pictures of him chewing the leaves. It would make an excellent header pic- this is so funny- nice post Denise

Cathy said...

Hello Denise
This has been a really nice series of photos of this little beaver. Wonder if he had a family tucked away in the 'Lodge' on the shore?
Did you see any others whilst you were there?
Thanks for the fun and insight into the daily happenings of beavers
Take care
Cathy
I had to laugh as 'The Lodge' is the name of our Prime Minister's official residence in Canberra
see here:
http://www.pm.gov.au/australia/government/residences.cfm

A Brit in Tennessee said...

What fantastic epictures Denise...
I can almost hear him crunching the lily pad leaves.
Last time I watched a beaver up close was in the Smoky Mountains, they had just released some baby beavers in the region, and I was the first to report they were well and thriving !
Fabulous post !

diane said...

I love the pic of him on his back nibbling something. I wonder where his family is?

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Very adorable and I love the picture and the story too. There are times that I am like a beaver. So that sounds good phrase "busy as a beaver", one way of beating loneliness.

Michele said...

Beavers are so much fun to watch... I know we have one that lives in our creek over here and whoa, what a busy little fella!!
Wonderful photos, a fun post.

jabblog said...

Wonderful photos again. How lovely to be able to watch a wild beaver at work - fascinating little beasts.

Margaret's Ramblings said...

How lucky you are to have had this first hand experience and how lucky we are that you had your camera with you. Wonderful photos, thank you.

Margaret

Barbara said...

Denise,
It must have been fun watching him and capturing him in these shots. Great series of captures. I always thought beavers were brown in color this one looks almost black. Have a great weekend.
Smiles Barbara

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear Denise!
This new friend is really adorable and it is very skilled swimmer !
Your posts are always well prepared and creative!
Thanks a lot!
Have a nice weekend!
God bless you
Léia & Cezar

Bruce said...

What a cute little guy...he's probably not little compared to me but he's still cute:)

mamapippas said...

Very interesting photos !
The third one is so cute !

Martha said...

Great shots! I can't believe it's time for camera critters already! I'm just now replying to comments from last week! Yikes!
Have a great weekend :-)

Roy said...

Great photos Denise. A lovely animal the beaver. Like the new header photo.

wildcatwoodscats said...

Love to come upon beavers at work. Great series of shots of him!

Vicki ~ FL said...

How cool to come across a beaver and building his dam none the less. Great photos. BTW, thanks for commenting on my blog.

Carletta said...

Denise, these are fantastic photos!
I love the cute little face peaking up out of the lily pads in the third one!

Have a wonderful weekend!

i beati said...

looks very black - beavers I have met light brown sandy

Happily Retired Gal said...

Wonderful photo series and story ... reminds me of times I watched beavers when camping near Big Bear Lake years ago. These critters are such fun to watch ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

twobarkingdogs said...

Ok. You have convinced me (neighbor). I have passed this place many times, and never stopped. What's wrong with me!!!

I'm planning a visit very soon.
Thanks for the photo, too!

James said...

I want to see a beaver, but ever time I go to the woods I just see chewed trees but no beaver. Great shots!

Faye Pekas said...

He is so cute floating on his back. I've never seen one up close. Great capture.

My camera critter is here today

Chriss said...

These are fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing them with us.

Brooke said...

Oh those are just great shots. He's cute!

Snap said...

Wonderful photos and great commentary. He is such a cutie! Who knew?!!!!

Island Style said...

Denise..mine are up with a peek in side my kitchen video-

Cloudia said...

Better than Animal Planet!
thank you Denise
aloha

SweetPeaSurry said...

That beaver IS adorable. I so love your treks to Wolney Pond! Thanks for sharing!

mommanator said...

Isn't he precious!

aguthrieimages said...

How cool, I do not often see beavers in So Cal so this was an absolute treat!

Tabib said...

Beautiful posting. Cute Beaver-love it!

Florida Sue said...

There is something so cute about beavers and otters. They remind me of children playing without a care in the world. The beaver is the official emblem of my native home, and your beautiful photos tug at my heart just a little!

Ebie said...

I'm glad your beaver swam safely to the shore. Very "busy as beaver" sounds good! Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

fishing guy said...

Denise: Those are truly wonderful captures of an interesting critter.

Margaret Cloud said...

What great pictures, and very interesting. Thank you for the information.

ELAINE ERIG said...

So cute this new friend is a very skilled swimmer ! ...the music is adorable like the blog""""
Have a nice weekend!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I really enjoyed this post. You got some really great shots of this busy little thing. Those little hands are something else!

Manz said...

What a delightful series of images! Floating on his back amoungst the lilly-pads is adorable.

Kay said...

Wow! Denise, this is such a fabulous, interesting post. I loved it! That beaver is so adorable and I learned so much from you about a very fun subject.

Tina said...

hes a handsome little fella isnt he, and he didnt seem to mind having his picture taken

Susan at Stony River said...

Wow; I loved this visit to a beaver's world, fascinating! You got some great shots--and thank you for the information you included to go along. I hope you're having a good weekend--
not so busy as the beaver's!

Larry D said...

Great series of photos!

Willard said...

A thrilling encounter with the beaver and you documented it well.

forgetfulone said...

He is adorable! And bigger than I thought a beaver would be.

Joy said...

Great photo story!