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Stories from the Wild – Stage 1 Asturias

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

As mentioned in the last post ‘White Beard’ – The wandering male otter, over the past few months we have been developing an exciting new project. We are happy to announce this new adventure ‘Stories from the Wild’ is now online, already with over 20 posts from exploring the coastline of Asturias, Galicia and Cantabria. This summer we will also be publishing several photography themed e-Books based in Asturias.  For future updates regarding release dates, please subscribe here. Best wishes, John and Be. Sunrise at Playa Otur in the west of Asturias.  A bird’s eye view using the DJI Phantom and GoPro Hero 3+ camera.  You can read more about this at Stories...

‘White Beard’ – The wandering male otter

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

We have continued to follow the 3 young otters and the lone male ‘White Beard’ along the Río Piloña and Río Sella. I’m very happy to have captured these pictures.  They represent our last encounter with the otters for a while.  Belinda and I are changing location.  We are leaving the riverbank to concentrate on the seascapes and mountains of Asturias and northern Spain.  But we will continue, as usual, to post our wildlife encounters here – at Wild Asturias. The image above was the last picture on my memory card.   Unaware that I was sitting, waiting, the otter swam directly towards me, and then froze just long enough to get...

Changing course

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 in Blog, Otters | 2 comments

It appears the otter family dynamics are changing on the river.  We suspect the adult female has now abandoned her fully grown young.  We’ve not seen them all together for over a month.  However, the 3 cubs remain close by – and we have watched them often around two rest areas. We’ve also seen a lone male otter – almost everyday for the past 2 weeks.  Initially its routine was sporadic – even swimming down river, through the town at 2pm.  After many early morning starts, we’ve now found a pattern.   The otter heads up river between 7 and 8am, almost like clockwork (though predicting a good spot...

Otter fishing in the shallow water

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Otters | 2 comments

We’ve had a record breaking month watching the otters – and I make no apology for publishing another post about them.  Each encounter is something special and worthy of recording. This individual spent 30 minutes fishing in the shallows, and caught an eel and two trout whilst we watched from the riverbank. Engrossed in hunting and eating, it didn’t pay much attention to us.  We’ve worked hard lately, walking the riverbanks for many hours – and observing them undetected is the best kind of encounter. All Rights Reserved – © John Shackleton – Wild Asturias Share...

Chasing otters in the rain

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 in Blog, Otters | 2 comments

One of two otters we watched along the Río Piloña.  Yesterday was another gloomy Saturday.  The river was high and the water murky with a strong, fast current.  Add to the mix constant rain – and not ideal conditions for a walk.  But we went out anyway. As luck would have it, after just 20 minutes, we spotted two otters – both were swimming impressively fast along the Río Piloña.  Once again, they proved to be capable of swimming faster than we can run!  During the chase to get ahead of them, we got soaked trying to jump lake-sized puddles and scrambling down a muddy riverbank.  Be did a...

Solitary Otter

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 in Blog, Otters | 2 comments

December and January have usually been good months for seeing otters.  This winter has been somewhat frustrating!  Clues to their presence are very frequent in the form of tracks and spraint but there were no glimpses towards the end of the year. However, our luck changed early this morning, as we watched a lone otter for 30 minutes – our first of 2014.  The nearby ducks seemed nervous, but the otter’s attention was firmly fixed upon fishing trout and eels, and it successfully caught both.  The image above was taken just moments before it disappeared. We recently looked back through the records to analyse our otter sightings.  We are...

Encounters with wolves – Mountains of Riaño

Posted on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog, Wildlife | 3 comments

  ‘Sleeping Amongst Wolves’ is a new e-Book by Andoni Canela. Earlier in the year we made a review of Andoni Canela’s iPad App – ‘AQUILA – The Spanish Imperial Eagle’.  He has since expanded this series to include the Spanish Brown Bear – ‘Urus’ with many photos taken in Asturias. Now, as part of his around the world trip, photographing some of the most emblematic wildlife from 7 continents, he has released a new e-Book ‘Sleeping Amongst Wolves – In search of the Iberian Wolf’ (Durmiendo con lobos – En busca del lobo ibérico).  Video trailer above. Description from iTunes Discover the Iberian Wolf in this spectacular 164-page multi-touch...

Young otter rock climbing

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 in Blog, Otters | 2 comments

After a dry summer and autumn, we have experienced a period of rain.  The river has been at its highest for at least 6 months.  In the past few weeks otter sightings have been zero. This week, we resumed our walks along the Río Piloña with the water level now returning to normal.  The herons have comeback, with 3 or 4 individuals maintaining their motionless posts along the riverbank.  The kingfishers and dippers are also busy – and easier to observe with the leaves from the riverside trees having made way for winter. There have been no clues to the otters whereabouts.  We often wonder if they will they...


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