Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Bushnel trophy cam footage- dog otter at lay up in Summer

A dog otter at a 'lay up' above along one of Shetlands inner shorelines. This lay up is used on a daily basis throughout the year and on many days by more multiple individuals. At the time I had the Bushnel set here there was two different dogs visiting it.
These 'lay ups' play quite an important part in an otters range and you will find many different examples from sea swept turf headlands, rocky and vegetated out crops, sphagnum moss on peat moor and so on. They will often spend many minutes here grooming, scent marking and often dozing off. Quite often you will see them do this after foraging, coming up on high tide before they return to a holt for example.