My blog's been very quiet lately, that's for two reasons; I'm lazy, and I've been concentrating on finding and videoing the otter on the river that runs through our land. I knew that there was some sort of aquatic predator on the river as I'd seen prints and whenever I left any kind of fish baits out, they were gone the next day. The only issue I had was that my Bushnell Trophy cam won't video over water - this either meant trying to video the fish thief on my side of the river, or get wet wading to the far side. My side won - here's the first proof of an otter on this river :
You can probably guess how chuffed I am to find this guy on the river!!!
This footage is fine, but I needed to get a more natural shot as opposed to looking straight down the bank to water. So with a pair of waders and a bag of frozen roach, it was off to the far bank to setup. The pic below shows the current setup with my camera tied off to avoid falling into the water should the river level rise - and you can just see some of the roach at the far left of the scene.
And here's the footage from the setup above, a lot more natural and shows the otter in a more natural way, and its not as preoccupied with the badgers from the near bank (like the previous footage):
To top off finding the otter and getting it to regularly come to baits, I also got my first shots of my fox in the daylight. He came to the feeding site and stayed for half an hour in the morning light giving great views:
It's great having badgers, foxes and otters all close together and thriving on a small patch of land. It shows how diverse the wildlife can be in one tiny area and you can see this with a little technology and some peanuts or frozen fish!!
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Photographic adventures from from behind the DGPix Wildlife & Nature Photography lens!