North American Beaver Bathing

By | June 11, 2020

I photographed this North American Beaver bathing early one morning at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Beavers often wash themselves by dipping their forelegs into the water and scrubbing their bodies.

Beaver Bathing Photo #1
Beaver Bathing Photo #1
Beaver Bathing Photo #2
Beaver Bathing Photo #2
Beaver Bathing Photo #3
Beaver Bathing Photo #3

How I Got The Photo – Beaver Bathing

I see this Beaver in a certain area on every visit to this refuge. Here is a photo I took of it feeding – North American Beaver Feeding. To get good photos I arrive before sunrise and park and wait for it to get light enough for me to see the Beaver. I know this area as the Lower Scarborough Slough. Lower Scarborough is just north of the 4-corners intersection and Miner’s Cove. Arriving early seems to work the best because the Beaver seems okay when I am around.

I have my camera and lens resting on a bean bag draped over the open window of my pickup.

Technical :

• Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge (Oklahoma)
• Date Taken: June 5, 2020
• Aperture: f5.0
• Shutter speed: 1/160 sec.
• ISO: 3200
• Exposure Bias: +1/3 EV
• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
• Focal Length: 500 mm
• Lens: Canon EF 500 mm f/4L IS USM
• Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II