The Coypu, or River rat

The Coypu, or River rat



Myocastor coypus (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!):

The Coypu, or River rat

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 rodent…

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

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

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Noushka

Passionate about Nature and photography but mostly animals and birds. I live in France 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: 400 mm Z F4/5, 800 mm Z, 500 mm, 200/500 mm, 800 mm f5/6E

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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 18 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: Z9, D850 Tele lenses: 70/200 mm f2/8, 500 mm f4, 800 mm Z f6/3, Zoom lenses: 24/105 mm, 200/500 mm * * * My work can be seen HERE: https://www.facebook.com/wildlife.gateway

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