bit of a rough day the day before. Drove around the gravel roads in the park for a bit and got out a few times to look around.
|First sighting of something of interest - off in the distance
|A little far away for a good pic - but nice American Kestrel
|Some flowers out
|Ruddy duck just off the road
|Another ruddy duck
|A group of Northern shovelers
|More Northern Shovelers
|Northern Harrier (a lot of Northern things I guess)
|Coots (they are everywhere in the park)
|Kingfisher off in the distance
|Forster's tern (I think)
|And then the best moment - there in front of me, running across the road - river otters. They
caught me by surprise but I got this pic through my windshield. Six of them in total.
|I went to where they crossed and looked around for 3-4 minutes
and saw nothing. As I was getting ready to go I saw
some rippling in the water. And then ..
|One crossed the road.
|And off to the other side.
|There was a little trail of water in the road.
|And then another crossed.
|And off into the bushes to the water.
|And they then hung out clicking at each other and maybe at me.
|They had left a little gift by the side of the road.
|I kept watching
|And then I realized maybe they were waiting for the other three. So
I backed away and looked across in the water on the other side and there they were.