Last week I was nervous about seeing these two nutria being so friendly on the river bank. Mind you, nutria have never done anything personally against me. But I know they can cause erosion problems and we don’t need any of that on the Alsea River!
So, when I saw THIS today I was REALLY disappointed.
Nutria were brought here from southern South America to control unwanted aquatic vegetation. Their average lifespan is 3 years in the wild. A female can get pregnant as early as 3 months and can have almost 3 litters per year. Predators of adult nutria include coyotes, domestic dogs, and humans. Great horned owls, foxes, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, and raccoons prey on the young.
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.)
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.
Kudos to this mama merganser! I counted at least 16 babies with her. I can’t imagine keeping up with this many kids at once. I’ve seen the Common Merganser mom defending her chicks though. She is not to be reckond with!
They all gather when she gives a soft quack.
And she does it all with style; not a hair out of place. 🙂
The ducklings were having trouble fighting the current in the fast water so Mama took them across the rocks – in single file.
The Great Blue Heron have been really skiddish; flying away at my slightest move or sound when I try to sneak up on one. I watched and photo’d this one for a almost an hour from our deck.
Then I figured if he left, I’d already gotten my photos so I quit trying to be so quiet. He didn’t care when we were talking and even walking around the yard. I mean, he still kept his distance; maybe 50 yards away. But that is rare in my experience here. Maybe we’ve made a friend!
I was able to even catch him on video as he caught a fish. Watch it on YouTube here: