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North American Beaver

Castor canadensis


An unexpected early morning surprise! The preceding four-photo sequence shows the "drive by spotting" of a beaver on the way to its lodge under the boardwalk where I was standing. The correct action sequence is Photo 2, 3, 1, 4. I chose to display the third photo in the sequence first because it is a better "poster frame." The wetlands of Huntley Meadows Park were created by the busy beavers that live in the park. The backstory: I was searching for emerging dragonflies when a large beaver emerged from the muddy waters of the wetlands. Not a dragonfly, but hey -- when life gives you beavers, make a dam. Good photo, that is! ;-)


Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource:


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HeatherMiller 12 years ago

Cool!!! Visit again in winter when the water freezes in'll see (hopefully) bubbles and beavers in the water under the ice.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 12 years ago

Nice story! Life sometimes brings us 'presents' like this :)
This also happened to us, but with a Eurasian Sparrowhawk in our garden

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Groveton, Virginia, USA

Spotted on Jul 4, 2011
Submitted on Jul 4, 2011

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