Even wildlife need to bathe

August 29, 2015

Otters seem to have a fluid motion even when they are on land.  These photos were taken in Tidewater just below Blackberry Campground east of Waldport, Oregon.  (Sorry if I caught an intimate moment.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell.)

river otters on alsea river

3 otters

 Watch the video of them taking a dirt bath.  When the 3rd otter comes onto land you can see a little newt scurrying out of the way.

Great Blue Heron Meal Rescued

August 17, 2015

I was wandering around the Alsea River at low tide today; just exploring and being fascinated by how time can shape a rock.

rock erosion

Small rock over time makes hole bigger

rock-holes-3 rock-holes-4

A Great Blue Heron flew in and landed upstream looking for lunch.

great blue heron

Great Blue Heron

Then I stumbled onto a land-locked lamprey eel.  Hhhmmm…must be what he’s looking for?

lamprey eel

Lamprey Eel

Upon Don’s suggestion, I tossed him over to another pool so he could escape into the river.

Sorry, Mr Heron, but I don’t mind if you eat this little guy:

garter snake

Garter Snake


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