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.