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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