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Standing on Thin Ice

Standing on Thin Ice
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Copyright: Kathy Meader (writerscrawlz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 2 N: 924] (2961)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS digital rebel XT
Exposure: f/19, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-25 17:58
Viewed: 2904
Points: 6
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This Common Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus - now say that ten times real fast!) was on and off the ice. He seemed pretty sure of his footing, but I did see what appeared to be a 'fall in' once.

Their fur is dense and rich brown (giving it a high gloss when soaked) and its hind feet are partially webbed making it adept in the water. The tail is flattened to a point, long and scaly - like the rat we are so fond of - and they are expert, steady swimmers. They mainly eat aquatic vegetation. A good sign of their presense is a dense lodge of cattails, roots, and mud in a body of water.

This one didn't seem too friendly, but he wasn't very timid either - until I got down on my belly and tried to get a better angle knowing the sun, ice, and water were obsticles that not only hindered the photograph, but at the same time, they were items I wanted to be a part of it.

I took this from shore, inches from the cold water and this guy was about three hundred feet out in the water. I'm not sure if I scared him or if it was the people who wondered, despite the ice, if their motor boat would work. Regardless, he dove under and I didn't see him again.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-03-25 18:33]

Great capture, love the reflection and POV. You went above and beyond to get this pic.
Muskrats are very beautiful rodents, their fur is so sleek and shiny and your photo shows proof of it. Nice job!

Hi Kathy,
very nice light you have captured this furry one in.I see this as a better photo of the same subject that I took back in the late fall as you have nicer details and colour in your photo.My photo also showed a muskrat on thin ice.Thanks for giving us this view. Bob

Great ...now Captain and Tennille will be playing in my head all day. ha ha Remember Muskrat Love. ha ha
Great work here - this is a creature not often photographed.

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