We watched the otters and managed to grab the video footage here over a four day period in a number of locations, including ponds as well as rivers, in north Northumberland.
On day one it is interesting to note how the mother leaves the kit to encourage it into the water. The mother swims on then waits under the bank. The kit calls out but has to swim to catch up with her. The mother then appears from the bank where she has been waiting.
On day two you may spot the otter digging out and feeding on worms. Recent flooding has collapsed the bank in places. As the newly submerged soil erodes, tasty morsels are released into the river attracting the fish and therefore the otter. The otter here is digging underwater where there are clumps of grass and can, occasionally, be seen eating worms.
Day three shows otters on a pond as well as a nearby river.
Day four was as cold as it looks though the otter managed to make things look easy with a playful roll in the snow!
Getting to know the otters has been an incredibly interesting and rewarding process. Finding footprints along a stream bed over a year ago was the beginning for me and, since then, I have followed and researched these fantastic creatures. You may stumble upon an otter by accident but it is useful to know what signs to look for, how the weather and the environment affects otter behaviour and, of course, knowing about the day to day habits and family lives of the otters is important too. Find things out for yourself and don't always rely on folklore or the tales of others!