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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

River Rat!

No, not a sports team from anywhere. This is the real deal- a muskrat in the Pentwater River. I was quite a bit above it, so had to zoom in a lot, but you can see the skinny, naked tail.


I just like the shapes of the ripples it made as it was swimming upstream.


Every so often it would come toward the bank and appear to sample some bit of vegetation.


These pictures aren't nearly so good as the ones I got in Furry Swimmer, Part 2, but I was happy to see one of these critters. Although they are very common, I don't actually see one very often.

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vanilla said...

Father told me he obtained a good bit of pocket change by trapping these rascals during his high school years. We had a colony of them along our lakefront place. I just enjoyed watching them, never trapped them.

Secondary Roads said...

The ripples are very interesting. On the upstream side they are compressed. Downstream they are elongated. A very notable effect.

Ann Thompson said...

He did make some pretty ripples in the water.

RNSANE said...

Wow, I've never seen a muskrat before. They are certainly good swimmers!

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