The sunshine in the title refers not only to a beautiful fresh sunny morning, but to this charming rodent as well!
This was my very first opportunity to capture a beaver for more than a few minutes, in the brightness of daylight. It seemed extremely happy and content swimming in this pond, which is actually a storm pond that leads into a creek. The creek was extremely fast and full, after a very heavy downpour and thunderstorm the day before. The pond was full as well, which probably explained the appearance of this beaver, who managed to get through because of the higher water levels.
And for the beaver, it was probably enjoying a very late night out working its way into the morning hours, before returning home. Who doesn't enjoy some relaxation after a "hard day's night"!
Having had a few laps around the pond and some attention to its appearance, it was down the creek to navigate its way out. And as you will see from Photos #8 through to #11, it wasn't such an easy task for a large beaver to negotiate. A strong swimmer it might be, but it had a few rocky obstacles in its way.