Wednesday, 7 November 2012

An Otterly amazing morning

Following the discovery of a Black-bellied Dipper along the River Thet near work yesterday, this morning saw several BTO birders searching for this scarce visitor to these parts.  After a few minutes after I arrived the bird was located and showed well, and thankfully for those who keep "Nunnery Lakes Lists", it was within the boundary of the reserve, albeit right at the edge but tickable nonetheless.  I didn't manage to get any photos of the Dipper today but whilst searching for the bird which was very mobile and elusive a short while later I came across an Otter, which after a while gave superb prolonged views as it ate a Perch on the opposite bank of the river.

Amazingly, as I watched this animal, a couple of Mute Swans swam past but the Otter took no notice of them, but as one got out of the water, the swan immediately turned around and raced back into the water, all the while hissing.  With the Otter still enjoying its breakfast, it wasn't immediately obvious what had caused the swan to panic, until a second Otter appeared and joined the first Otter, presumably they are siblings or possibly large cub with its mother.

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