Rod, my husband, wanted something from Screwfix in Blandford and I offered go and collect the order. My thinking was that I could go into town and walk along the Stour Meadows for a half and hour or so with my camera to see what was about. I haven’t walked along this stretch of river for over two years and it would be a change for me. There is usually something about, of course I hoped to see and Otter but I knew they hadn’t been showing well for some time so I was not expecting to see one.

As I was walking towards the bypass stopping along the way I was in a quiet spot when I heard a heavy plop in the river on the other side, I waited and in a short time a little way from the noise, an Otter surfaced. I was so excited, I just wasn’t ready, she was on the move quickly heading along the river towards the bypass. I managed to get some pictures and she got up on the bank for a very short time and then headed swiftly towards and under the bypass bridge and disappeared in the distance. I felt very lucky.  

Otter, female
Otter, female
Otter, female
Otter, female
Otter, female
Otter, female

While I walked along the river there were several Kingfishers in evidence on the other side of the river. I managed to get a couple of distant images, always great to see and enjoy them.

It was soon time to head home feeling very satisfied!

6 thoughts on “Stour Meadows

  1. Marilyn

    How do you do it? I walk along the rive virtually every time I go into Blandford, and haven’t seen an otter for at least three years.

    Jack

    1. I didn’t expect to see her, but because I thought I heard a plop into the river it made me aware and of course a bit of luck!

  2. I live in Blandford and I don’t think I’ve seen an otter this year, so well done Marilyn! I’ve done better at kingfishers, perhaps I can improve my otter-ing this winter.

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