I was out and about on Thursday looking at the ducks and setting remote-controlled cameras on St Serfs. I thought something was looking different on St Serfs. The wildfowl were a lot more spread out then other days I’ve been out. I could see a commotion near the shoreline. It was an otter! I see plenty of otter tracks and signs around the loch and when I get a look at one, it’s often a brief view before it disappears into the water. This animal was determined. Swimming across the water and trying to catch something in the shallows. After a lot of chasing about the otter went back to the shoreline with what looked like a perch.
Head down chasing through the shallows
The Otter catches its prey as teal, pintail and wigeon look on
The pinkfeet distictively mob the otter walking quickly across the mud
At the time of writing Craig has returned to the office from Noss NNR. He likes my otter shots but thinks he got better shots up there. See above.
Seeing an otter at Loch leven takes a lot of time and patience. To improve your chances, go early in the morning and look from the factory bay hide or also along the River Leven cut from the bridge.
Good luck in your otter search!