Just over three weeks ago, I was hiking in the Great Dismal Swamp, and I saw an animal that I have only seen three times before in the wild - once from a boat in Lake Clark National Park in Alaska, once from a car in Big Cypress Preserve in Florida, and once while hiking in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. So it was a thrill to see this rarely seen creature once again. Can you guess it?
For me, I'll take trout for dinner
But any fish I would call winner
My thick fur while in the rivers
Will keep me warm with no shivers
Although I'm clumsy while on land
My swimming style is simply grand
You must swim well to catch a fish
And add them to your dinner dish
I love to play and romp and slide
But if I see you, I will hide
I'm member of the weasel clan
Can you guess me? What is your plan?
take a guess
I'm a group of river otters -
perhaps mother and her daughters
I got my other camera (the Sony with the better lens) out of my pack as quickly as I could, and went to where the otter had been, but there was no sign of it. But I kept looking, and heard splashing back up the path from where I had been. In time, using my binoculars, I spotted an otter swimming away from me. So I moved back up the path several hundred yards, listening so splashes now and again. Suddenly, I realized that the otter was back on the path and I then I saw that there were four of them. They were frolicking and playing together. I quickly got a photo or two from long distance before they all went back in the water. I had to zoom in digitally back at home to get their image a little bigger. I wish I could have gotten closer, but it was a thrilling wildlife moment of spotting a creature that is rarely seen by me.
There are four in the photo, although the middle two are very close together, and the leftmost one is lying down in the grass.
The Ones Who are Gone
2 weeks ago