It’s around six weeks since I posted an otter video, and that’s because I haven’t put OtterCam out since then, but I’ve seen quite a few otters on Wilden Marsh in the meantime. Last evening I setup OtterCam on a random part of the River Stour bank. I was interested to know how long it would be before an otter turned up in front of the camera. The answer is two hours.
I was down on the marsh this morning, otter watching. The River Stour is low, flat calm, and fairly clear. Six otters swam in circles, underwater. I think there is a holt in the riverbank, because the otters were disappearing under the bank vegetation and not coming up for air. Now and again one would surface, but there was no indication of when or where, and their time on the surface was minimal. Nice to see them, though.
Last Friday a nasty stomach bug came to visit; it hasn’t been a happy time: continuous stomach ache and continual stabbing pains. This is my attempt at gleaning as much sympathy from my followers as possible; how am I doing so far? Anyway, I have now beaten the bug and I am enjoying a pain free existence once again.
I was well enough by Wednesday evening to wander over to the marsh and setup OtterCam, and I watched dawn rise from the marsh this morning.
Below is the footage OtterCam recorded last night, and he is a big boy.
Another Hoo Brook otter image!
I found one of my camera traps in withy wood last week, one of two I had misplaced: forgotten where I had placed them. Going through the images this evening I found this one, and you have to wonder what happened next? At first glance I though it was a rat, but I think it’s an otter.