I photographed this North American Beaver eating corn on the cob at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. I didn’t know Beavers would eat corn on the cob until I saw this one.
While Beavers are known to primarily feed on the bark, leaves, and twigs of trees and shrubs, they are also known to consume a variety of other plant material such as grasses, roots, and aquatic vegetation. Additionally, beavers have been known to eat crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat, which can occasionally bring them into conflict with farmers.
Seeing the North American Beaver’s diverse diet firsthand was truly a memorable experience. It’s remarkable to witness these skilled and adaptable creatures utilizing a variety of food sources to survive and thrive in their natural habitats. I feel fortunate to have captured this moment on camera and to have learned more about the fascinating diet of this iconic North American species.
The Beaver was near the Tuff Boat Ramp on the Arkansas River side of the auto tour road. I parked my pickup and began photographing the Beaver with my camera resting on a bean bag draped over the open window.
- Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III
- Lens: EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM
- Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
- Date and Time Taken: September 28, 2010 (07:24:30 A.M.)
- Aperture Priority
- Aperture: f4.0
- Shutter speed: 1/320 sec. (as determined by the camera)
- ISO: 800
- Focal Length: 500 mm