Flora and Fauna Friday

Swimming Muskrat

Flora and Fauna Friday this week is traveling back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s.

The Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) is native to North America but has been introduced to parts of Europe, Asia and South America.

This individual is swimming across a pool on a farm near Punnichy, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: All Wet


Throwback Thursday

Paddling furiously.

A Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) swims past the photographer creating a nice wake. Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire in the 1990s. I deliberately kept the bird to the left side of the frame despite this making it appear to be swimming out of the photo because I wanted to show as much of the wake as possible.

The Common Moorhen is also known as the Waterhen. They’re not found on moorland, the moor in the name meant marsh centuries ago when the English name for the species was first recorded.