Marsh Muskrat

Marsh Is Awake

Photographing wildlife in a marsh is incredibly frustrating.

Birds and animals that are tolerant of people don’t live here. This week in the marsh I have seen more Great Blue Heron at one time than all of last month. There are more types of ducks in a single pond than most of the river.

However, they will see you first. Living in the reeds and thickets gives all but me a perfect hiding place. A good photo is timing, patience, and luck.

Marsh Back Trail
Marsh Back Trail

 

I had commented earlier in the week I wanted to photograph some Beaver and Muskrats. While standing by the reeds and pretty much staring into space I noticed the water and plants moving.

Marsh Muskrat
Marsh Muskrat

Because I was so still several Muskrats surfaced and began to gather plants and reeds. I did get several shots and I don’t think they felt any rush to get away.

 

Marsh
Marsh

When I first started out I had a plan to reach the far end of the Marsh trail.  Here the rivers, marsh, and streams all meet. A perfect location for all the local wildlife.

Unfortunately the trail also ends on top of a hill looking down on the swamp. Anyone walking on the hill top is quickly seen. And I was, by many Herons and other locals.

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

It’s a long walk but next time I will go directly there, no wandering around, and just sit on the bank for awhile. It worked for the Muskrats.

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