So, finally, last night we had some wintry weather – freezing rain and snow. Of course, it got really cold, too, but I forced myself to get out and check out the Des Plaines River Trail for anything photogenic.
The area I was going to has many signs of beavers, all since this past fall, and I wanted to see if I could see one.
All I could see at first were mallard ducks and Canada geese, all pretty skittish and staying far away from me. In a little inlet, there was a large gathering of both, with some little brown birds flitting around. I couldn’t get a clear picture of them, but what I could see makes me think they were American tree sparrows. Too bad I can’t add them to my bird photo album!
Anyway, I was walking around a bend in the river, and I saw a V-shape in the water, and I watched it move to a log and disappear. It reappeared about 10 feet further and disappeared at a tree root in the shoreline.
I couldn’t see what it was exactly, but a few minutes later, coming from the other direction, I saw a head swimming! It definitely looked beaver, but it was too cloudy and dark for my photos to be any good. Drat!
So I just satisfied myself that I actually saw one, and got some other shots instead. A couple I’m going to add to my store, so not a bad trip!