Monday, January 21, 2008


I have written before about our unsuccessful attempts to find and photograph river otters in Idaho and in Yellowstone. What is often the case, you end up finding what you are looking for when you are not looking.

This weekend we went to McCall Idaho for a few days of cross country skiing. We pulled into the city park and right in front of us were two Northern River Otters playing at the edge of the ice on mostly frozen Payette Lake. By the time I got the camera out, they were gone.  We waited for a while, but they did not return. Just as we were leaving to go ski, Karyn spotted them again.  This time they provided numerous posed for the camera.  Here are a few. Note the second otter in the water in the first photograph.

We returned after skiing and again the next day, but we couldn't find them again. Karyn did get this great photo of our sunset. The skiing was also excellent.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

About a year and a half ago, my husband, his family, and I were hiking at Hell's Gate State Park on the river trail. We took a break and were standing on a short rocky cliff close to the water. I noticed what I thought was a dead tree branch or trunk in the water and looked away. As I looked at it a second time, it turned and swam away. I'm pretty sure it was a river otter.