Friday, 28 November 2014

Otters with Trout

Jake eating trout

Just a quick one today... A member to the Centre, Bob Matthews, very kindly brings us in trout occasionally to feed our otters. I wish I took a photograph of them in the tray now as they were the biggest trout I had ever seen! Thought we would treat the otters and see what they made of them.

They loved them of course, and they kept them going for a couple of days!

They all took them off and ate in private, and the light had gone, but I was pleased with these as record shots.

Above is Jake in the reeds, I nearly rolled into the water getting this one, but it worked out well. Got a series of these with him eating the trout.

Lilly eating trout

This is Lilly with hers above.

Emmy with trout

This is Emmy taking hers, jus tot show you how big they were!

Emmy taking trout

Thought she would struggle, but she took it with ease.

Emmy eating trout

And ate it happily on the island until Elwood came and stole it from her.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Otter Cub - Buster

Just a quick post to show off the best photograph I have of Buster so far... probably already seen it on the main blog, but it is all I have!

After being out at the weekend two weeks ago, he has not since made another appearance while people have been around. He is fine though, I have seen him poking his head out of his holt, and am sure it will only be a matter of days until he is seen out more frequently.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Otters Playing

Otters Playing

Franklin is over a year old now, and due to be separated from mum and dad. The middle pond is currently empty, and so hopefully over the next week we will be able to transfer him there.

It will be good to move him over, but sad to see an end to him playing with his dad Elwood. Ever since Franklin was a cub, Elwood has shown a keen interest in helping to look after him. Even helping with his swimming lessons, which is something I had not seen the father do before, but play was always op of their list.

They would often be seen out chasing each other around the banks, and playing in the water. Usually without fail after the morning otter keeper talk they would spend ten minutes chasing each other around in the water.

With last week being the last few days of nice weather to possibly see this, I took my camera down on Sunday morning after the talk, and sure enough they put on a show. Here are a few pics.