Friday, June 12, 2009
Denali - Beaver
Beaver can be found in a number of the lower elevation pond areas in Denali National Park. The fellow above was seen nibbling away on a spruce limb on the ice. They are nocturnal critters, so capturing a photo in the lower 48 usually has to be done at night. Here, since the available light is close to 20 hours or more this time of year, you can capture some photos of them in action with decent light.
An example is the image above, here you see a beaver swimming across the water with plenty of light and tree reflection in the water. This shot was taken around 10:00 PM.
Beaver eat water vegetation and the cambium layer (tissue layer below bark) of trees. They prefer Willow of which there is plenty in the park. In the head shot above you see this guy chewing away. They have poor eyesight, so if you hold still you can get fairly close without disturbing them.
You see see why they float incredibly well with the photo above. I watched this guy groom himself on shore for about 20 minutes.