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Posted on Apr 8, 2011 | 1 comment

Otter and lamprey – Part II

An interesting morning walk today. We spotted an otter in the river that runs through the centre of our town. We lost it almost immediately and although I was keen to hang around to search for it Belinda persuaded me we should walk towards the usual spot 20 minutes away. Reluctantly I agreed and as usual she was proved right….

The otter appeared swimming close to the bank and attempted to hunt a pair of mallard ducks (unsuccessfully, the male mallard even retaliated). It then climbed the sandy bank, entered some bushes and retrieved a cached lamprey. Kindly it returned to the riverside dragging the huge lamprey and ate for over 30 minutes while we watched and photographed from some 30m opposite. It was completely unaware of our presence which bodes well for future observing. Finally a good test for the new camera.

 

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

Nutria / Otter (lutra lutra)

1 Comment

  1. estoy impresionado por la belleza de esta nutria es enorme y su captura más…imagina que la nuestra L felina solo mide unos 80 cm aprox y no pesa más de cuatro kilos, me deleitado mirando las fotos y alegre por verle perseverar en medio de los ríos de tu pueblo gracias por el relato y solo faltó un videito ……….mmmmmmmm

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