The Coypu, or River rat



(Camargue) – Rodentia – Myocastoridae – It can reach a weight of 12 to 14 kg! It lives in burrows alongside stretches of water. They waste close to 90% of the river plants they feed on eating only the stems, a destructive feeding and burrowing behavior but… that is not the full extent of the story, as you will discover in the last two photos!

Ragondin ou Castor des marais -On le dit herbivore: mangeur de racines, de plantes aquatiques et autres herbes mais, comme le verrez sur les 2 dernières photos, il apprécie aussi certains coquillages d’eau douce!Voici un adulte en approche; j’ai vu des femelles bien plus grosses (leur poids peut atteindre 12 à 14 kg!):

Une Foulque macroule que je m’apprêtais à photographier le regarde arriver d’un œil inquiet puis décide de lui céder la place, prudente! Wise, this coot will give way to the

Recadrage de la photo précédente, les dents oranges fluo sont vraiment surprenantes:Close up of the previous pic to see its face in details:

Il sort de sous ses “jupes”… un coquillage d’eau douce!There he goes, savouring this fresh water shell:

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka

Passionate about Nature and photography but mostly animals and birds. I live in at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years and in the U.S. for 3 years and with Australia in mind for the future. With my husband, I created and managed a Bird Park in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: NIKON lenses: 300 mm F/4, 80/400 mm, 500 mm, 200/500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E,

Noushka Wildlife

Noushka Wildlife

Passionate about Wildlife, Photography and Wildlife issues. I live in the south of France at the present, but have lived in Africa for 16 years, in the U.S. for 3 years. With my husband, I created and managed a BIRD PARK in South Africa, raising mainly psittacines; the breeding facility housed over 1000 parrots at any given time. I speak French and English alike and manage decently in Spanish. My photography is about sharing fauna's beauty with other enthusiasts! Equipment: ALL NIKON Cameras: D500, D750 Tele lenses: 300 mm, 500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E, Zoom lenses: 16/80 mm, 80/400 mm, 200/500 mm and: Macro 150 Sigma. * * * My work can be seen HERE: http://1000-pattes.blogspot.fr/ * * * NOT ON FACEBOOK

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