9th May 2016

Otters– after years of watching for Otters, we were recently very lucky to watch this one, spotted by Lynn, at Minsmere, for half an hour, fishing. Its speed was astonishing, frequently leaping out of the water and successfully catching many fish. The hide window was closed at the time and no-one dared open it, so the photo’s aren’t great but the experience was! You will see much better shots, probably of this very Otter, on Springwatch at the end of May. Since virtually disappearing from central and south-east England by the 1970’s, due to organo-chlorine pesticides, habitat loss and persecution, they have made a steady recovery, even sighted on the River Don in Sheffield now. Conditions: The hot spell continues. Temperature: Max 20- Min 13IMG_0203

Otter at Minsmere

Otter at Minsmere

Otter with fish

Otter with fish

Otter leaping out of the water

Otter leaping out of the water.

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