More wildlife in the mist; Otter Safari 04/11/2015

by on Nov.06, 2015, under Druridge Bay, Otter

Heading to Bamburgh to collect Michelle and Pam, I was feeling optimistic that the mist was going to lift and we’d have good weather…

As it turned out, the mist came and went throughout the day – but the wildlife was the usual high quality that the Northumberland coast delivers throughout the year.  A singing Dipper broke off from proclaiming his territory in order to dive into the river as another Dipper bobbed up and down on a nearby rock.  Otter site ‘B’ looked promising as we arrived – Little Grebe, Gadwall, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal and Wigeon were all clustered on one edge of the water so I scanned the large area of bird-free open water…and there was an Otter 🙂  After entertaining us for 45 minutes it vanished into the reeds and we continued along the coast.  Whooper Swans called in the mist and Gannets were plunging into the sea as we made our way to Site ‘A’…where an Otter cub was sitting on a rock 🙂  It was soon in the water feeding within 30m of us, as Little Egrets and a Kingfisher added a surreal luminance to the misty afternoon, then it seemed to realise it’s mum and sibling weren’t around and decided to go in search of them.  Initially that involved getting out of the water and persistently calling – while running straight towards us!  Soon it was back in the water and we followed it’s progress by the bright water of it’s wake as it disappeared into the mist and murk of the late afternoon.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Michelle

    Thank you so much for taking us to all these sites and enlightening us to the wildlife that we would have otherwise overlooked. You clearly know your stuff and that’s exactly what we were looking for, an expert to take us to locations we wouldn’t have found ourselves. We were thrilled to have seen the otters as these things can never be guaranteed, the last little fella was particularly pleasing given that he came so close to us whilst calling for his mum. If only I’d had my camera out!
    Lunch was super and we especially appreciated the entertainment of that gull battling with an enormous fish out at sea. Your ability to spot these things in the distance is outstanding. Thanks so much, we had a great day and would recommend this trip to anyone and in fact have bored our friends endlessly about it 🙂
    Michelle & Pam

  • martin

    Hi Michelle and Pam

    Great to hear you both enjoyed your day out with us 🙂 I was watching the young Otter again on Saturday (21st November), diving and feeding synchronously with it’s sibling. No sign of their mum though, so she may have left them to look after themselves now…and they seemed to be doing a pretty good job of it!

    best wishes
    martin

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