Otter, Felbrigg Lake
Apart from the NENBC mid-week walk ten days ago, today was my first visit to Felbrigg Park in nearly three weeks. This unusually long absence being due to an excursion to France to watch Le Tour but also, more recently, to a nasty eye injury which has pretty much prevented me from doing any bird watching. Anyway I’m now on the mend and the early morning sun was enough encouragement for me to venture out. The recent rain falls have resulted in lush vegetation and muddy paths across the estate. There were plenty of the usual woodland birds about, many attending young – mostly second broods, which is encouraging. I’d just reached the shoreline of the lake by the reed bed when I noticed some disturbance to the water, a brief glimpse of something dark swirling in the water and then, there it was, an OTTER fishing for it’s breakfast! I’ve heard reports of Otter in Felbrigg before but never been lucky enough to connect – wow! I watched it for a while as it gradually made it’s way towards the dam – mostly I could see the stream of air bubbles but occasionally it did come to the surface and then, as quickly as it had appeared, it just vanished. There were very few ducks on the lake, just a dozen or so Mallard in ‘eclipse’ and what I take to be a pair of Mandarin, also in heavy moult – there’s no indication that either bird is a youngster. To complete my morning stroll, a lovely pair of Roe Deer were grazing in the water meadow on my homeward journey. I couldn’t have had a more delightful return to the ‘home patch’!
More Otter shots..
Roe Deer grazing on the water meadow