While the drought and low water conditions have killed the floating season in the upper river, the pooled up river is very good for photographers and wildlife watchers. All animals need water so simply sitting near a good water hole will often lead to great results.
This is the adult otter moving down the shoreline of the Buffalo National River. Note the long tapered tail.
These juvenile otter were hunting together, a fairly common observance. The one on the left got the fish, the one on the right turned around and gave chase like a good sibling.
Spotting otter is not easy. Often you will see blue heron (above) working the same pool as otter attempting to pick up scraps. If you see surface disturbances and a heron flying to them, you may well be looking at feeding otter. Often the clues are subtle, but patience and careful observation pay off.
|Hunting the Buffalo National River|
|Juvenile Otter Hunting|
|Blue Heron Hunting with Otter|