Yesterday’s heavy rain lasted nearly all day, so I wasn’t able to get out. However, the forecast was for a bright start to Saturday, albeit with a little mist to begin with. I decided to chance my arm and try for a few shots of the otters at Tophill. I wasn’t worried about the 4am start, but the “little mist” seemed to have turned into something much thicker.Gradually though the mist began to lift, and after 45 minutes of quiet waiting a dog otter turned up. I think he must have heard the shutter of my camera going for he turned to face me for what seemed like 30 seconds before moving off into the mist and out of view. Judging by the photos – the quality of which reflects the light conditions – the otter could see me well enough and seemed to be staring me down.
|Watching you watching me.... at 4.50am|
|Water Vole at breakfast|
|Fledgling Reed Warbler waiting for breakfast|
|More watching you watching me|
Another period of calm followed, and eventually, and in much better light conditions, the Kingfisher returned. This time it stayed for fully thirty minutes or so, catching more fish and posing beautifully as if it were a professional model. I just wish I was a better at capturing the bird’s dives into the water. Nonetheless, it was fantastic to witness this show.
|Now, where's the next one?|
|Leopard Slug - coming to get you|