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Old May 15, 2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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Muskrats - Difficult to catch.

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I don't know about any where else but around here these critters are very difficult to capture with a camera. They can detect movement unlike any other animal around here. They even dive under water if a bird flies by. I finally figured out where his house was and spent numerous hours over about 3 days to catch him coming and going to his house. It seems like just before a storm they move around more than during nice weather.

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With a close up



Up close



It is amazing how they use their tail as a rudder to turn




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Old May 15, 2007, 1:43 PM   #2
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There's a small pond nearby where a muskrat lives that I've managed quite a few rather close photos of. For some reason this guy is very easy to sneak up on, but maybe it has something to do with how close to shore it lives and how noisy the area is.

I like the shots you got of him poking his head above water, I haven't managed a shot like that yet.
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Old May 15, 2007, 2:22 PM   #3
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Nice capture - Ronny
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Nice shots Roger, I have a couple of muskrats around here that I have photographed from time to time, some even on shore eating plants. The one in the water looks almost like a sea otter.


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There's a small pond nearby where a muskrat lives that I've managed quite a few rather close photos of. For some reason this guy is very easy to sneak up on, but maybe it has something to do with how close to shore it lives and how noisy the area is.

I like the shots you got of him poking his head above water, I haven't managed a shot like that yet.
Boy yours is sure different than mine. This one does not like anything around his pond or over it. Thanks for commenting and for looking Corpsy.

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Old May 15, 2007, 5:13 PM   #6
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Hit to YA!!! Ronny. I enjoyed my time out to the pond waiting for him to show up so it was worth the time. Thanks for commenting and for looking.

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Old May 15, 2007, 5:14 PM   #7
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Nice shots Roger, I have a couple of muskrats around here that I have photographed from time to time, some even on shore eating plants. The one in the water looks almost like a sea otter.


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Tom next time you capture them post the photos so we can all enjoy them. Thanks for looking and for commenting.

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Old May 15, 2007, 10:25 PM   #8
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Very cool! I don't know that I've ever seen one outside of a zoo - they are cute looking.
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Hi Roger, here is one on the shore eating Arrowhead plants.



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Old May 15, 2007, 11:51 PM   #10
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Roger... time has come I just HAVE to ask you about your avatar.....

Now that is just astounding LUCK maybe.... but you did photoshop (or other) that didn't you?

PS have you ever seen Muskrat Love??? Does it live up to the song?:?
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