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.
Common Mergansers are voracious eaters. These 4 siblings know just where to find the fish in the Alsea River.
I didn’t see them catching any crawdads but there were plenty of mudcats, or sculpin, being swallowed.
It actually looks like a terrible way to die for a fish.
It takes a while for the duck to get it into the right position to swallow so the fish doesn’t spread its fins.
I keep wanting to lend him my opposable thumbs.
I watched, several times, as one duck would come up under another who had a fish. It looked like they’d try to scare it into dropping it. In this video, though, I think one is trying to grab it from the other. I’m not sure who won but the fish clearly did not. I choose to believe the first duck hung onto his food and got to finish his meal. But I’m an optimist and don’t like thieves…even if they are just siblings at the dinner table.
There were 3 elk calves in this small Roosevelt Elk herd today. I read that a calf is fully weaned by the end of the summer…about 2 months old. And a calf will gain 250-300 pounds in the first year. As quickly as they gain weight, maybe these 2 calves are only a couple weeks apart? I’ve got more questions than answers!
The calves don’t stick right next to mom all day so do they find each other again by smell or voice or sight? I’ve seen the calf get close to a couple cows who chase it away before she finds the one she can nurse.
At least once during the summer I’ll see a yearling nursing and wonder if the mom had and lost a calf and her last year’s calf is just opportunistic?
They’re beautiful animals without a doubt.
The Roosevelt Elk calves will mostly lose their spots by winter. But the yearlings still act like kids; jumping, running and playing with each other. Here’s one of the little calves trying to figure out the purpose of a scarecrow. To watch this YouTube video in a larger window, click on the play arrow and then on the YouTube icon in the lower right corner.