I have been trying to photograph this Beaver for almost 3 months now. Some times I have had my Scouting Cameras pointed at his lodge. At other times I have focused on a tree that the Beaver was working to take down. On several occasions there has been ample evidence that the Beaver was in front of my cameras for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, each time the cameras failed to trigger.

After this last set of photographs, I am more convinced than ever that the Beaver is somehow able to defeat the motion detectors on my camera.

In these pictures you can see the addition of fresh mud to the Beaver’s ever growing lodge. The mud was added over the course of a single night, which means the Beaver was definitely in front of the camera on at least three separate occasions. Still, no pictures were recorded.

It looks like I’m going to have to take another tack if I am ever going to get photographs of this Beaver.

This photograph was taken around noon on the day before the mud was added to the Beaver's lodge. The Mallards in the foreground regularly trigger the camera's motion detector.
This photograph was taken around noon on the day before the mud was added to the Beaver’s lodge. The Mallards in the foreground regularly trigger the camera’s motion detector.
The fresh mud is visible as dark patches on the Beaver's lodge. The darker the patch, the fresher the mud. This picture was taken around midnight.
The fresh mud is visible as dark patches on the Beaver’s lodge. The darker the patch, the fresher the mud. This picture was taken around midnight.
This picture was taken at around 2am. Notice the large area of fresh mud that has been applied to the top of the Beaver's lodge.
This picture was taken at around 2am. Notice the large area of fresh mud that has been applied to the top of the Beaver’s lodge.
At 6am there is more evidence of the Beaver's activities. Fresh, wet mud has been added to the top and left side of the lodge.
At 6am there is more evidence of the Beaver’s activities. Fresh, wet mud has been added to the top and left side of the lodge.
Eleven am the next morning. The additions to the Beaver's lodge are readily apparent in the light of day.
Eleven am the next morning. The additions to the Beaver’s lodge are readily apparent in the light of day.