Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Otter on Hillswick Ness...

Out at Hillswick Ness today I noticed an otter just leaving some rocks and going out along the coast so I quickly froze and watched it...


It headed back into the rocks further along the beach and after a while of watching to see if it was going back out I slowly and carefully headed out to the rocky spur where it seemed to have landed...


Soon I noticed the otter in a delve between the rocks grooming itself and rolling about...







I was very close to it, may be 10m away keeping totally still, it kept looking up, around and towards me and then carrying on...


Eventually I realised it was my camera shutter that was bothering it and it started playing a bit of peek-a-boo behind the rocks looking for the cause of the noise. Obviously when it popped up I took photos and then it hid again briefly. It was quite amusing and soon it ignored my camera noise and certainly didn't seem to notice me...

 

 A short while later it had obviously had enough grooming and slithered off back to the sea. What a great experience that was!

There were plenty of other sights with a mix of birds and the banks were a canvas of orchids, squill, thrift, lousewort and other plants, but they weren't going to top my otter sighting.

Here's a close up of one of the orchids; I think a Heath Spotted Orchid...


And a spotted orchid with a lousewort...


A close up of a sea campion. I beautiful flower and I love the veining in it...


And red campion...


2 comments:

  1. What a great post.
    A funny creature and beautiful little flowers!
    Isn't he long in that first shot?
    And doesn't he have big hands (feet? paws?)
    Love the photo of him in side profile and the shots of him popping up left and right.
    And the one of him putting skanky seaweed smell all over himself - actually I love all the shots.
    The flowers are remarkably similar to the wildflowers that grow in the bush in Victoria, Aust. Tiny delicate things.

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    1. Yeh they are very long in the water and totally different out of it. I was struck by the paws/claws too, though I though they looked pretty deadly.

      Thanks

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