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Posted on Dec 10, 2011 in Blog, Otters | 1 comment

Otter, close-up

Otter, close-up

An amazing morning.  We watched an otter at very close range for nearly 2 hours.  During this time it hunted, groomed itself and slept, all within a radius of 40 metres.  Although the light was poor due to the heavy fog, it was clear enough to grab some nice shots. We were lucky that the muddied waters produced by the recent rains had cleared which enabled us to easily see the otter diving to the riverbed and turn over rocks with its front paws in search of prey.  During our watch it caught 4 small trout and 2 eels. This makes 5 consecutive days we have spotted the otter and at roughly the same time and location.  If this pattern continues I’m hoping to add to the photos below.  Fingers crossed. Share...

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Posted on Dec 3, 2011 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Return of the otter

Return of the otter

Well, not exactly ‘a return’ as they have always been here, but the significance is we have only managed brief glimpses and tracking over the past 4 to 5 months, so a 30 minute viewing was very welcome. It is difficult to judge the size of an otter whilst its in the water but this one appeared smaller than those seen on previous occasions.  I missed the potentially best photo of the day by not having the camera ready.  The otter was very close but the camera was still in the bag!  It retreated to the opposite riverbank from then onwards.  Lesson learned. Share...

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Posted on Oct 15, 2011 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Plenty of otters signs

Plenty of otters signs

The otters still live amongst us but have remained elusive.  Their tracks and spraint are often the only indicators that they have passed by.  I was fortunate to have a brief otter glimpse this month.  Whilst standing on a road bridge I looked below to investigate a rustling noise in the undergrowth.  After 30 seconds of some noisy clambering around, an otter entered the water, looked up at me and swam underneath the bridge. It appeared large in size but it was dark and I was only aided by the glow of orange street lights. One day I hope to add to the otter photo collection…. click here Share...

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Posted on May 10, 2011 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Otter on our doorstep

Otter on our doorstep

We’ve watched the otter twice in the past 2 days. On the first occasion we left the front door to our building, crossed a road and the town square and found an otter on the riverbank eating an eel it had just caught.  It was a foggy, dark morning and the otter did it usual disappearing trick after a few minutes.  We guessed it was heading up river, so continued along our usual walking route. I am always amazed at the speed and distance an otter can cover.  It had out swam our hurried walking pace as we arrived at the road bridge.  I grabbed 2 quick shots, one with the otter in the water and another as it hid behind some wooden steps, both in poor light but I was pleased to get them. That evening we saw an otter for the second time.  It was becoming dark but the otter was easy to pick out against the bright pebble covered island in the centre of the river. ...

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Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in Blog, Otters | 0 comments

Watching otters at dusk

Watching otters at dusk

Last night we continued our evening otter watching vigil.  We discovered a possible pattern of an otter or otters emerging between 8.30pm and 9pm at a particular site.  Obviously I’m preferring them to be earlier to catch some light for photos! After 30 minutes we spotted an otter further up river on a grassy bank, it appeared to have just caught a lamprey.  Although at least 80m away we could make out the lamprey thrashing around but still in firm grip of the otters teeth.  Watching intently we wished it was closer and hoped it would make its way towards us.  However, with such a large prey it would be eating for sometime. With the light failing we were ready to head home, then to our left 2 young otters exited a cave that we had suspected was a holt or resting place for sometime.  They bounded along the riverbank chasing each other, dived in and out of the water for a few minutes and then disappeared.  It was...

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