Last Wednesday I went on a trip in National Park de Biesbosch hoping to see and capture the Beavers that are living there. We had fantastic weather and left around 17:30 from the harbour. The Beavers are only becoming active from dusk so first we did a very relaxed tour in de Biesbosch to see what else we would come across. We were very lucky with the birds we met, Osprey, Hobby, two young Peregrine Falcons, Marsh Harrier, Buzzards, lots of Spoonbills, Kingfishers, Common Tern and many other birds. We even saw a Cuckoo flying which you hardly ever see.
No complaints about the birds in any way. But then the main course for the night, the Beavers. First the older Beavers come to the water to check if everything is safe. Then in a couple of minutes more Beavers are coming into the water and start foraging and interacting with each other. One Beaver swam towards a willow and just snapped a branch from the tree so easily and then continued to the shore to eat his freshly harvested willow branch. Click on the images to open a lightbox.
After a couple of minutes he was joined by another beaver that started to wash itself and doing some skincare. It sort of rubbed itself with its front paws. They seemed very comfortable like this together.
The big one decided to head back to the water and left the smaller one alone.
After a couple of minutes we left them alone to head back to the harbour very, very satisfied.
I can highly recommend this trip with Bas Breetveld from www.fotosloep.nl. He knows the area very well since has been spending time there almost daily for years already. He also knows the behaviour of the Beavers and approaches them with respect, giving them the space they require. This creates a unique opportunity to observe and capture these wonderful animals. Bas is a very knowledgeable guy and he is very laid back. For those of you who may think this blog is very positive and may be sponsored, I got this trip as a birthday gift from my wife.