Wednesday, November 05, 2008

River Otter II

I stop on the bridge that crosses Turkey Creek each time I head up to our camp. I glass the creek and its banks for wildlife while also checking beneath it for bat colonies and barn swallows during the spring when they're nesting. Recently I pulled over and spotted something swimming in the creek about fifty yards from the bridge and headed in my direction. I realized soon I was observing a river otter. At times it appeared to "roll" as it swam, breaking the surface just enough to reveal its head followed by its stout tail as it would dive. Once underwater I was able to track its movement by watching individual air bubbles as they rose to the surface. I followed the bubbles beneath the bridge and immediately ran to the opposite side and was able to obtain a short video as it surfaced before disappearing once again.

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Blogger forest wisdom said...

That's awesome. They are not readily seen. Thanks for sharing that.

Great blog. I have been "lurking," reading your stuff here for a couple of months.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...


Thanks for the nice words. Keep lurking.....more neat stuff to come.


5:37 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Great capture on film!

River otters had been wiped out in my state (KY) but were successfully re-introduced in 1991. They quickly re-established themselves and have grown in numbers so rapidly that a season was opened on them. Unfortunately, some folks still have misconceptions about them.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Jace Stansbury said...

Thanks Jeff. I was very fortunate to be at the right spot at the right time. I love these types of moments.

9:29 PM  
Blogger The River Otter said...

Great video! It is such a treat to see otters in WI- I have only seen them once, but I keep looking and hoping.

1:24 PM  

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