After about three weeks of trying I have managed to record images of otters on the brook that runs through our garden in Somerset.
This morning, I went down to the quiet corner of the brook where I have positioned my Bushnell HD trailcam over the past few weeks and immediately noticed that a fresh spraint had been deposited on the marking rock. In fact, this same scenario had happened a few days earlier, but when I reviewed the camera’s recordings I discovered, to my profound irritation, that it had run out of batteries. Aaaargh!
This time, with fresh batteries installed just a few days ago, I hardly dared press the review button to see if the camera had switched on and if there was any image.
But there, on the little colour screen which is built in to the interior housing of the camera, was the evidence. Not one but TWO otters, a mum and a cub (I’m guessing the cub is about 8-9 months old) in broad daylight! I am sooooooooo chuffed!
And that’s not all. Another shot revealed the cub alone, leaving the spraint (a smelly calling card made of faecal matter and sometimes a splash of urine) and graphically revealing she is a little girl! So, I have not only breeding otters within a few metres of the house, but the promise of more to come.
I can’t tell you just how exciting this is. The visit took place in broad daylight this morning, between 9 and 10 am.
I’ll be trying to get an idea of their pattern of movements, their activity cycle, feeding and resting areas and range. That is going to have to wait for a wee bit though because I am about to head off to Kenya to lead a Safari in the Masai Mara watching lions, cheetahs and leopards to name just a few. It’s hard to tear myself away from home, but I’m really looking forward to catching up with some feline friends and sharing the magic of the Mara with my guests. I’ll let you know how it all goes soon.
Peace and Light