With the forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s on this late January Saturday, getting out to shoot was a moral imperative. I wasn't in the mood for too long of a drive, and after my success on my only visit to the Village Creek Drying Beds last year it seemed like a terrific candidate.
bobcat ahead on the trail just like I had on my initial visit. I lay down off to the side where I had a good view of where I expected it to cross and waited. It wasn't terribly interested in giving me a solid shot, though. It only came out of the grass once after it had passed me.
red-eared slider was sitting still on the trail. I picked him up and noticed bubbles coming out his nose. He closed his eyes and opened his mouth, almost as if he was trying to play dead. I set him on a log on the edge of a pond, hoping the sun would warm him up and he'd slide on into the water and be on his merry way. In the meantime, he seemed to enjoy pretending to be flying.
river otter enjoying a fish it had caught. The first I'd ever seen in the wild!
Unfortunately, when I tried to get a vantage point with a closer and clearer view it saw me and dove under the water. I watched and waited, but never saw it again. So this is my best shot of my first wild encounter with a river otter.
mud turtles on this log and the others right by it. well before I was in range to even think about getting a picture, 11 of them jumped into the water. One stayed, and for that I was grateful.
I only spent a couple of hours out today. I didn't see the most wildlife ever, or get my best shots. But every time I go out I get something from the experience. This time, it was the river otter. And that's more than enough to make me excited about what I'll get out of the next time!