The otter family can be quiet when they want to. This family has 4 kits. The fourth is up in the grass outside the picture frame.
They were swimming downriver when the one in the video below saw a mudcat (sculpin) that it decided to have for lunch. I was surprised at how long he kept after that fish until he caught it. Based on the otter’s moves, that sculpin was pretty experienced at evading danger!
I wonder if the first goose chick is an over-achiever?
This little guy got to go out with mommy and daddy today. I wonder if siblings are still in their eggs on this warm day? The geese are headed back to the nest when they see the Great White Egret fishing up ahead.
So they guide their little one to their opposite side to put themselves between their chick and potential danger.
The chick – okay gosling – will be almost as big as Mom and Dad in just a couple months.
We counted a possible 10 nests just from the heads popping up out of the tall grass in the marshes next to Eckman Lake on the Alsea River.
There’s a parking area on Hwy 34 where you can view the Canada Goose families at Eckman Lake. Bring your binoculars and zooming camera to get a close look like these. I’m sure I don’t need to say this but I will: DO NOT walk through their nesting field as they will abandon their nests leaving the chicks vulnerable to predators. And the parents will probably not return next year.
I guess even sea lions get cabin fever now and then. Give them blue sky and calm seas and you may see them outside of Sea Lion Caves; north of Florence, Oregon, on Highway 101. Just north of the caves there is a pullout; the vantage point for the “most photographed lighthouse on the Oregon Coast”. The lighthouse keeper’s house is a bed and breakfast: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Park your car, get out and listen. If you can hear the sea lions barking, look over the rock wall to the cliffs below. These are a mix of California and Stellar Sea Lions.
They complain a lot but they like to snuggle.
On the other side of the cliff, closer to the caves, another group of sea lions climb the steep cliff; hugging the side to get to the top.