|North American River Otter in Great Trinity Forest Dallas Texas June 30, 2012|
A rare sight indeed to see a River Otter inside the city limits of Dallas. Many fishermen, hunters and outdoorsmen can spend every weekend of their lives on the water in Texas and never see one. The matrix of ecology needed to support a River Otter limits sightings here. Just the right mix of food, wetlands and cover are needed to support an otter population. They feed on crawfish, fish, shellfish, frogs, snakes to name a few. All in abundance where we spotted this River Otter on the morning of June 30th.
I'm not sure how rare River Otters are in North Texas. As sighting of one is uncommon but how uncommon are they in population? An animal that spends so much time in the water is hard enough to spot. Compounded by the fact that it does not fly, have bright colors and favors hunting at dawn/dusk. TPWD says that their numbers are restricted to the eastern 1/3 of the state but sightings have been made as far as Wichita Falls and into West Texas.
Below is a video clip of the River Otter checking us out. I have found that the deeper in the woods you go, the less likely that an animal will bolt. Usually they sport a puzzled and interested look on their face. Just like the otter featured here.
|Up close and personal with a River Otter|
In a jungle town Where the sun beats down To the rage of man and beast, The English garb Of the English sahib Merely gets a bit more creased. In Bangkok At twelve'o'clock They foam at the mouth and run, But mad dogs and Englishmen Go out in the midday sun. Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishmen(1930)
That old song sums it up. It got hot!
The day started on a much cooler and darker note.........................
|Venus and Jupiter aligned in the NE sky over the Great Trinity Forest before dawn June 30|
|American Green Tree Frogs among the head high swamp grass in the Great Trinity Forest|
|Great Blue Herons fishing in the early light of dawn|
|Anhinga taking off from it's perch|
|Adult and Juvenile Wood Ducks|
|White Faced Ibis|
|Great Blue Heron in the shallow swamp|
|Widow Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula luctuosa)|
|Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia)|