Rats at the Pond (photo special)
Monday, September 5, 2011 9:32:22 PM
It was while I was photographing the moorhens from rather closer that I spotted another of these pond-side dwellers. It was swimming.
Yes, it's a rat. And I spent much of the remainder of my time watching a pair scampering from the undergrowth into the pond and back again. These are a few of the better shots.
I mentioned a pair, and to be accurate I should have said adult and juvenile. Here they are deep in the shadows.
And out to the water... and back again.
One more circuit!
It's a shame the light wasn't better (most images were shot at ISO 1000), but it was fascinating to watch them. They are incredibly agile, and very powerful swimmers. I also got some decent shots of a sandpiper, but those will have to wait until another day.
Camera note: all shots taken with the Canon 7D EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.