During my recent Florida visit Chad and me were busily photographing the incredible bird life at a small roadside wetland when I began noticing occasional ripples of water emanating from under the low bridge. As time passed and the ripples continued I walked nearer trying unsuccessfully to peer under the bridge and locate the source of the disturbance. Drawing Chad's attention to the ripples I stated "there is something alive under there"!
After a few minutes we moved across the road and had just gotten our tripods set up when three Otters swam from beneath the bridge. The Otter's reaction to us was more one of curiously as the rapidly swam about alternating between diving for food and popping up, looking us over as they chirped and huffed.
The Otters were in constant rapid movement and I was very much concerned that it would be impossible to get sharp photos with the light levels present. Although the sun had just came up in the eastern sky only the reflected light from the surrounding trees was lighting the area.
Occasionally an Otter would shake the water off. In each case I was just a little behind and did not capture the full effect of the spray flying through the air. In this shot you can see the water appearing to boil as the spray hits the surface.
A few flying water drops are still visible in this photograph.
After seven minutes of action the Otter experience ended as abruptly as it had began when all three left the pond; scurrying away through the thick undergrowth. This was my third encounter with Otters in the wild, the second of which I was able to photograph and truly and unforgettable experience. I am very thankful that I was able to share this rare moment with Chad.
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