This Woodchuck or groundhog is famous in these parts, a bit on the tame side, or at least tolerant of humans. His head popped out of the ground at two points along the river and he was enjoying the fresh shoots of grass as well as taking a look at the steady stream of people passing by. Shot in aperture priority.
1/800 sec @f/9, ISO 400, 300mm
1/1000 sec @ f/9, ISO 400, 300mm
1/640 sec @f/9,300 mm, ISO 400
1/200 sec @ f/9, 300 mm, ISO 400
They are such cute little guys 🙂
April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm
Looks like fun animals. To me the groundhog looks much like a beaver so I guess they belong to the same family. Nice photos.
May 4, 2014 at 8:31 am
They are sometimes called land beavers but belong to the sciuridae family, same family as squirrels and marmots. I have never seen this, but they can climb trees!They can be aggressive but this one is so used to the people on the trails. It has a few holes along the river that it pops its head out of and comes out to look and eat..
May 5, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Cute photos. The groundhogs always seem mean to me. Them and the possums, I stay clear. Remember the photographer that got killed by a beaver? It gives me nightmares that some little critter will get me.
May 6, 2014 at 5:14 am
No I did not hear about the incident with the beaver. I gave this fellow plenty of berth, and backed away when I got too close. (His behaviour got more wary.) He can travel underground very quickly because he went the same direction as I and got to the next hole ahead of me.
May 6, 2014 at 11:41 am
Here is the story. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332422/Beaver-kills-man-Belarus-Shocking-wound-caused-fisherman-bleed-death-attack.html
May 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Wow! Scary. Another reminder that they are wild animals and if those teeth can chop trees down, they can chomp on a human.
May 8, 2014 at 4:11 pm
It is a good reminder not to become too complacent and to remember to respect them as the wild animals that they are. Thank you.
May 7, 2014 at 11:25 am
How cute! Awesome photos.
May 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm
Check out the beaver story that Donna has posted. Maybe not so cute after all.
May 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm
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