Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Isn't There A Song About Muskrats...

Muskrats are large rodents that live near water. They have thick brown fur and a long, furless, scaly tail. They can grow up to two feet long (with tail). Their rear feet are webbed for swimming, and their eyes and ears are very small. I was fortunate enough to see this guy before he saw me and I was able to get a few photos. A Great Blue Heron sat camouflaged in a near by pond. Another gave me a silhouetted fly by. One of the resident Marsh Sparrows paid a visit and allowed a photo. As I was traversing some new territory I discovered a warning, fortunately not so threatening this time of year.

A glimpse of winter fauna...
One of the tributaries feeding the ponds...
A Muskrat looking for a resting spot...
Muskrat doing an about face and taking a breather...
Looking for lunch? I'm not sure...
OK, I'll be leaving now...
See ya...
Great Blue Heron giving me a winter sky silhouetted fly by...

Great Blue Heron sneaking a camouflaged peek...
Here a Marsh Sparrow gives me a glance...
BEEs!!! Not. Honeybees all tucked away in their hives. They are all in for the season.

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13 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

love the shots of the muskrat! too cool!

TexWisGirl said...

and btw, what about 'muskrat love' by captain and tenille? :)

grammie g said...

Hi Larry...love your Muskrat chasing...cute fella's they are!
My favorite shot is the Heron doing his hiding trick!!

Grace

Lois Evensen said...

Muskrat Love by Captain and Tennille is the song to which you refer. And a cool story that Toni told at dinner one evening (they used to do the cruise ship route and I got to know them there) about singing Muskrat Love at the White House and watching Henry Kissinger sitting in the front row as he realized they were singing about rodents making love.

Larry Ostby said...

Captain and Tennille, "Muskrat Love" of course. Sheesh.

Grace, I'm not sure how I saw that fellow but I know he didn't move for several minutes.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Hi Larry!! For some reason, I've missed the last few of your posts--I need to pay better attention, because I always enjoy your pictures!!

Cool shots of the muskrats!! I don't think we have them on our side of the Potomac, but we do have beavers--At least that's what I thought they were, I'll have to take a better look next time!

Good to see the beehives. In our county they are looking for places to put them and they will do all their maintaining and give you half of what's collected at the end of the season--We may do this...

Happy New Year!!! I look forward to more of your great pictures and posts in 2012!!

Larry Ostby said...

Thank you Kim, and a Happy 2012 New Year to you.

Joe said...

You must not have many bears around. My neighbor had to put up what looks like a prison fence to keep the bears out of his hives.

Larry Ostby said...

No bears around here Joe, kinda wish we did tho.

JGR said...

Terrific pics, Glad I found your blog, signed up to follow. JGR

Larry Ostby said...

Welcome JGR. Thanks

Julie G. said...

Larry, fantastic Muskrat images! I have seen them before in ponds but have not been able to capture great photos like yours. Such a pretty Great Blue Heron hiding in the reeds. Always a pleasure to view your wonderful blog! Wishing you a very healthy, happy New Year!

Larry Ostby said...

Thank you Julie and a Happy 2012 New Year to you.