Beaver Grooming

A beaver has been sitting like a bear on the riverbank across from Beaver Point grooming itself in the evenings after sunset. I took the video above last night. During the first part of the video the beaver was about 300 feet south of where I was standing, so when I zoomed in with the video processing software, there’s a soft focus on the beaver. I walked down through the brush and got almost directly across from the beaver, so the video has better focus for the last part. After moving across from the beaver it noticed me, got into the river, and slapped its tail against the water a couple of times. The tail slaps are a little week because when the beaver pauses to splash, the current interrupts the power of the splash. Tail slaps are much loader and more forceful in calmer water. The audio is of the river rushing by, traffic from I-25 to the east, and jets flying overhead.

The photos below were from the June 1st. The beaver was about 200 feet north of me, but it was later, and much darker. I was not able to get the camera to focus for video that night, but I was able to enhance the stills so they are bright with fairly good detail.

0A6A7138
Grooming its tail
0A6A7143
Scratching its belling
0A6A7155
Leaning forward to scratch a bit lower
0A6A7156
Grooming its face

 

Five Miles in the Snow

010o6162

We went out for a walk early this morning and walked five miles in the snow. We headed south on the levee for a change of scenery.

010o6163

010o6171
Cranes glided through the snow.
010o6176
Entrance to the enchanted bosque.
010o6178
Laurie at the entrance to the enchanted bosque.
010o6191
Laurie walked in to see what spirits might be lurking about in the snow.
010o6185
She came out and signaled all safe. The spirits were taking a snow day.