That’s More Like It!

Finally the sun came out yesterday and by afternoon it was warm!  Whew – hope the rest of the summer is sunny and warm.  It can rain at night – but not 4 days of rain again, I hope.

Chester and I saw critters on our walk along the Red River yesterday – including (drum roll please) a beaver!  I don’t know if it was the same beaver as last year or not – but it was sure good to see him.  We also saw a Song Sparrow, but he wasn’t singing.

Song Sparrow May 30
Song Sparrow May 30

What I didn’t see until I looked at the picture, was the bug in his mouth.

Song Sparrow May 30
Song Sparrow May 30

He even turned to show me his bug  🙂

The beaver was a little more difficult to get a picture of.  I first saw him when he was swimming from the far side of the river and heading further away towards my side.  All I could see really were the waters parting around him as he swam, which looks about the same as when a duck or goose swims.  He was far enough away that I couldn’t have seen more of the body above the water anyway.  As he got closer to my side of the river, I started to think that I should see a body, so I zoomed in with the camera.  Of course at that distance, it didn’t look much different in the small camera view – but I was really starting to think that it might be the beaver anyway.

So – Chester and I moved a bit quicker and went a bit further on our walk trying to catch up to him when he reached shore.  We did catch up, but he was along the shore then and hard to get a picture of through the grass and branches.    First picture is the zoomed in pic as he was swimming.  It is also cropped quite a bit so you can actually see him instead of just the water parting as he swam.

Beaver May 30
Beaver May 30
Beaver May 30
Beaver May 30
Beaver May 30
Beaver May 30

So far on Africam today, we have seen Elephants, Zebra, Nyala, Impala, Woolly-necked Stork, Black Eagle, Cape Turtle Dove,  Baboon and Bushbuck.  Click here to see all the pictures from May 31st.