i arrived at hide at just before 6am the little Grebe was showing well with one chick in tow. just after 6am i noticed a large bow wave coming towards the hide bit to large for a water vole i thought then i got site of the Head and an Otter came into view. it spent some time going in and out of the reeds and i think it got a moorhen chick the swam of up the channel.
Thanks Doug i should add the little grebe and chick did escape.
...and posted a photo...
Otters were first recorded at Fowlmere NR in 1997 by the Warden Mike Pollard. I don't think we've had any blank years since then, and in some years there have been more than 20 sightings. I think Ian's record is the third in the last fortnight, there having been two sightings from Reedbed Hide (a single and two).
Ian kindly showed me his photos this morning, and I am glad he has written about his experience on this forum.
Doug Radford (former Warden, now volunteer)
hi i don't know if they inhabit Fowlmere but its not the first one i have seen there. about two years ago there were two on the mere one summer evening.
Interesting. Are otters known to inhabit Fowlmere?
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