Just how lucky can a person be?

I have 5 camera traps out on the marsh. Mike Averill, a fellow marsher, puts out his single trap on the bank of the River Stour for two nights and bags an otter, a mink, a fox, a badger, and geese. Mike has not sent me the badger image. Just how lucky can a person get? I’m sure it’s beginner’s luck, but you have to hand it to him: he has brought home the bacon this time. There is no denying photographic evidence. “Sick as a pig” comes to mind here. Well done, Mike!

Mike Averill writes:  Winding through the valley where Kidderminster sits, is the River Stour, acting like a motorway for wildlife linking the wetlands of Puxton and Wilden. There is plenty to see in the daytime if it is quiet, but un-noticed by most people is the night shift, which uses the river to get around. Canada Geese, Mink and most importantly the Otter pass through and sometimes leave the river to explore the Marsh. Resident Badger and Fox visit the landing place to check the visitors.

Fox.

Fox.

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Otter.

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Otter.

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Mink.

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Mink.

Geese.

Geese.

18 Comments on “Just how lucky can a person be?

    • it’s an excellent result, Andy. I’m sure there will many more images of marsh otters to come, including videos.

      • The thing with camera trapping is that it can be quite addictive. Conversely, if the results are not forthcoming, enthusiasm can wane surprisingly quickly. I think Mike Averill is made of sterner stuff. We will see! Mike is going to apply his newly gained expertise to another part of the marsh in need of close investigation. If he succeeds again, the fruits of his efforts will, no doubt, appear in this blog.

      • Having sat through hours of local cats strolling through, I have been rewarded by some hedgehog footage. I look forward to Mike’s future efforts 🙂

  1. You must have 1000s of camera trap images Mike. Surely you have more than a few otters amongst them. I have seen some of your otter images.

    • You are right, John, I do have 1000s of camera trap images. You might have seen an otter image or two of mine, but they are not Wilden Marsh otters.

      Since my interest is primarily animal behaviour, I have not been that interested in photographing the odd otter swimming in the river or running across the marsh. I am hoping to film them in one of the holts Mike Averill and I have built. Unfortunately the elusive little blighters have yet to play ball. I haven’t been able to persuade a single otter to take up residence. Short of throwing dead fish in the holts to attract them, I am resigned to waiting at the moment.

      However, I do now need to acquire hard evidence of otter activity on the marsh, and Mike Averill is the man with the touch at the moment; he is the Waterman after all.

      It has been enough for me to know that the otters are indeed active on the marsh. My goal is to film a bitch and pups living in a holt. As it turns out, it seems that every animal small enough to clamber in and out of the entrance and exit tunnels have been filmed taking advantage of the holt facilities, but not an otter.

      • A tall order Mike. If you do manage to film a bitch and pups in one of your holts, I would certainly like to see it. Best of luck mate.

      • One of the otter holts has been built to facilitate filming, Dave. All it takes is a pregnant bitch to take up residence. I have plenty of time and the holt is only a couple of hundred metres from my home.

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