One evening after work, I decided to head back down to Juanita Bay to see if I could get more shots of the beavers. I had been pleased with my first encounter and wanted to see whether there was a chance of getting some more shots. The weather wasn’t so nice but I had nothing on for the evening so decided to hang out for a while. I was there with nothing happening and the light gradually fading so set myself a target of 7pm. If nothing happened by then, I would go home. With about a minute to go before the top of the hour, a guy came out on to the deck I was on.
I figured I wouldn’t leave as he arrived since it would look like he had driven me away. I would wait to give him time to get bored and leave. Instead, a couple of minutes after I had planned to leave, out came a beaver. It swam straight towards me along the shore eventually coming right under where I was standing. I only had the long lens so it ended up way too close. I should have used my phone to be honest. I would never have seen it if it hadn’t been for his arrival.
I had a repeat a couple of days later. I had seen a pair of beavers swim by – not so close this time – and they had gone around into the inlet and I hadn’t seen them return. I was beginning to think I was not going to see them again but got a message from Nancy (who was traveling) to say she could chat. We had a call for a short while when I noticed a tree shaking not far from me. I told her I would call her back. One of the beavers had come across the land and was chomping on the tree. A little while passed and then it came down to the water, dropped in to the lake and swam right past me. I was ready for it to be so close this time. Another lucky break that I would have missed if it hadn’t been for the call.