Location: In the marsh at our FortWhyte Nature Center southeast of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Make: Canon Model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi F stop: F/5.6 Exposure: 1/200 sec. Focal length: 300.0 mm Flash: flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode (16) Dimensions: 1847×1338 Shutter speed (Tv): 7.6

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This muskrat came out from under the ice several times. I waited patiently to see if he would stay on the shore but every time he saw me he disappeared under the ice. This was the best closeup I could get. Muskrats are covered with short, thick fur which is medium to dark brown in color with the belly a bit lighter. The fur has two layers, which helps protect them from the cold water. They have long tails which are covered with scales rather than hair and are flattened vertically to aid them in swimming. When they walk on land the tail drags on the ground, which makes their tracks easy to recognize. Muskrats spend much of their time in the water and are well suited for their semi-aquatic life, both in and out of water. Muskrats can swim under water for up to 15 minutes. Their bodies, like those of seals and whales, are less sensitive to the build up of carbon dioxide than those of most other mammals. They can close off their ears to keep the water out. Their hind feet are semi-webbed, although in swimming the tail is their main means of propulsion.


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A self taught amateur photographer who resides in beautiful Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is a prairie city in the center of Canada. My dear wife Marg and I have been married for 52 years, and we have 2 married daughters and 3 grandchildren to share our busy lives.I love to read, practice photography, spend time with my family, play around on the computer, and volunteer a lot of my time at our local Nature Center, where I serve as an interpreter for kids programs.

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  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 5 years ago

    Thay are very hard to capture. Good job Larry.

  • Thanks Al, I appreciate your comments, yes I was fortunate this time.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Clark Thompson
    Clark Thompsonover 5 years ago

    Hmmm… I’ve often wondered what a muskrat looks like. Until today, my only knowledge of them was associated with that insidious song from the 70’s. Larry, perhaps you can create a whole new image for them starting with this photograph. Great job!

  • Thanks for your comments Clark, I will be going out to Oak Hammock marsh north of Winnipeg, in the early spring so perhaps I can get a better shot…There are very few of us humans there.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 5 years ago

    Great capture Larry!!

  • Thanks Deborah, I appreciate you stopping by

    – Larry Trupp

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSover 5 years ago
    Excellent capture of a difficult subject. Very well done, larry.
  • Thanks Mick, just they are quite timid…one just has to be patient. I appreciate you stopping by.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Glenna Walker
    Glenna Walkerover 5 years ago

    Great shot…he’s got a cute face…not sure what the rest of him looks like though…nice clarity!!

  • Thanks for your comments Glenna, I will be going out to Oak hammock marsh early in the spring, where there will be alot less human traffic.

    – Larry Trupp

  • Angela Lance
    Angela Lanceover 5 years ago

    Great capture!!!!

  • Thanks ever so much Angela, much appreciated my friend

    – Larry Trupp

  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisover 5 years ago

    Wow, Larry, wonderful capture of this guy!

  • Thanks Barbara, much appreciated

    – Larry Trupp

  • NaturesVision
    NaturesVisionover 5 years ago

    Great capture of the little fellow!!!

  • Thanks for stopping by Ann, I appreciate your comments

    – Larry Trupp

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 5 years ago

    Great capture Larry!! Beautiful tones and textures!! He really blends in!

  • Thanks Blair I appreciate your comments kind Sir

    – Larry Trupp

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 5 years ago

    ya I tried to get one once..danged guy wouldn’t pose…

  • I appreciate your comments Cheryl, thanks for popping by

    – Larry Trupp

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