Showstopper; Otter Safari 04/06/2015

by on Jun.10, 2015, under Druridge Bay, Southeast Northumberland

Every so often, there’ll be an experience during a trip with clients that is simply jaw-dropping…

I arrived at Church Point in summary weather and set off with six clients to explore Druridge Bay and south east Northumberland in search of OttersAvocets with eggs and chicks were delicately, elegantly beautiful, a Whimbrel flew around, calling noisily, Great Crested Grebes with chicks rivalled the Avocets in elegance, a Cuckoo made its way along a fence line, the rhythmic song of Reed Warbler provided an aural backdrop for much of the afternoon and a Roe Deer appeared from a reedbed at dusk before clearing a fence and bounding away.

The jaw-dropping moment came, not with an Otter, but with another predator.  Usually when we encounter a Barn Owl you get a brief view before it heads off elsewhere to hunt.  This time though we had a prolonged view with the ghostly white bird no more than 20m away from us at times as it quartered rough grassland, hovering in beautiful golden light, a translucent-winged, silent angel of death scouring the ground below for small rodents to dispatch.

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3 Comments for this entry

  • Sara

    Had a fantastic time thanks martin! Seeing the owl was an incredible experience! And a lovely place to eat to tea too!

  • martin

    Hi Sara and Adrian

    Glad you enjoyed it. I still can’t believe that the owl was so confiding! Picnic spots have become a bit of an obsession over the last 7 years 🙂

    best wishes
    martin

  • Mike and Janet

    We had a fantastic time despite the absence of otters!Don’t forget that I also glimpsed a beautiful red deer beating a hasty retreat.

    You have sparked a new obsession for us and we are off seeking otters at our local reserve this evening.

    Thank you again,
    Mike and Janet

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