Beavers abound in the lake near my house. I know that from the plenty of evidence they leave behind, which have been the subjects of several post (for example, here, here and here). But I had not actually seen a beaver in daylight-I did see the silhouette of one in the dusk once-until last weekend.
While taking a walk along the lake last Saturday, I spotted one Castor canadensis swimming in broad daylight. And luckily I had a telephoto lens on my camera. Here is the best shot of it.
Notice its long, flat tail.