Trying to sneak closer, he heard the crunch of ice from above and bolted for the creek to be met by the solid slab of ice covering the it. Nice views of his feet and tail. They are funny to watch as they walk across the ice.
Finally making it to safety.
Heading for cover.
At this point he came up right beneath me, posed for a few shots, and then disappeared.
Away from the creek and back on the canal, I came across a couple of holes in the ground. After approaching to investigate, I noticed a disturbance under the ice. I watched another muskrat from a different point of view. He came back and forth to his den 3 times which made for some interesting shots. Notice the large air pocket directly behind him.
After reading a bit about muskrats, I was a bit shocked to find out that the average lifespan of a muskrat in the wild is 1 year, but some can live up to four. A rather sad existence for a pretty cool little critter. Happy New Year everyone!