A brief encounter

I spent a couple of hours this morning at the kingfisher nest. Both adults were entering the burrow with fish, some of which were quite large. The flood water has receded further and is now about 3-4 ft below the burrow. I think it will drop further after today’s dry weather before it starts to rain again tomorrow.

The big news this morning though was not the kingfishers. At about 7:30am, I was inside my hide, waiting for the kingfishers to return when an otter surfaced about 15ft in front of me. It cruised along on the surface for about 5 seconds and then as quickly as it appeared, it was gone. I’ve never seen a freshwater otter in the wild, so this was a bit special for me to say the least.