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Posted on Aug 23, 2012 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Encounters with the otter in Asturias

Encounters with the otter in Asturias

Otter along el Río Piloña A faint splash and a tail flicking from the water. An otter! After months of looking, this was our first Asturian otter and since that sighting 3 years ago it has become somewhat of an obsession. Two rivers meet in the Asturian town of Arriondas. The fast flowing Río Sella born in the Picos de Europa mountains joins with the slightly calmer Río Piloña. Both are prime otter territories with trout and eels providing their staple diet. A solitary male otter can travel far, sometimes covering 20 kilometres, whilst the females (and young) tend to remain in one section of the river. Otters are considered extremely shy, mainly nocturnal animals, so it has been a privilege to learn their routines and observe them so frequently during the daytime. Our sightings can range from the briefest of glimpses to a full-on otter watch, the record being for over 2 hours! They appear accustomed to the background noise of human activity and also seem tolerant to...

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Posted on Mar 11, 2012 in Blog, Otters | 1 comment

One minute wonder

One minute wonder

We spotted a single adult otter today.  An exciting moment although we quickly lost sight of it, despite pacing up and down the river path for over an hour afterwards.  Not the greatest photos especially with rubbish clinging to the branches, a consequence of the flooding in February. Share...

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Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Good luck comes in 3’s – Otters

Good luck comes in 3’s – Otters

We saw the otter(s) on 5 occasions this weekend. A mother and two almost fully grown cubs have been very visible. We are now pondering if these 2 cubs are the same very young cubs we saw 12 months ago. It seems just about possible but at probably 15 months old they should definitely be ready to leave the mother. Share...

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Posted on Feb 8, 2012 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

The otter in its own world

The otter in its own world

I can’t imagine this opportunity will come along very often, although I hope it does.  The water was clear and I was standing on a bridge directly above the otter.  After a little manipultation using Photoshop I’m reasonably happy with these 2 shots. Share...

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Posted on Feb 5, 2012 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Otter photo archive

Otter photo archive

The weather is terrible, so I have used the time to revisit some past otter encounters over the previous 2 years and reorganise my otter ‘set’ on flickr.  There are some I am very happy with, some adequate to the document the sighting and others there just for exciting memories. In 2011 we were fortunate to see the otter on 31 separate occasions.  Looking back I’m now wondering if the lost otter cub from last January is now the young otter we are seeing so frequently now….. I hope you enjoy them.  – https://www.flickr.com/photos/john_shackleton/sets/72157622787665997/ Share...

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