Starting from number one there are five new photographs on…

June 9, 2009 in webcams by MrFarmer

Starting from number one there are five new photographs on the Photo Page.

These four photos were taken on the coastal path at St Davids Head , Wales last week. Rose W’canton.

The Geese at Denbury. Jenny.

I had thought that the Otter may well have made a meal of a lot of our larger Fish. After seeing the Otter on the webcam last Autumn I electric fenced the Lake, but I was still concerned that I had been to late. Some of you saw a couple of large Fish on the webcams around the Kingfisher branch, but last year I had seen a lot more and nearly every day. Those fishing this year up to this week were not catching very large Fish. The biggest this year was one being about 12lb. Other than that the largest was 6lb. Last year Fish up to 22lb were being caught, so I was still concerned.

This week one of our Holiday Guests who competes in fishing matches has come just for the fishing. On the fist day he caught over 50 Carp, one over 9lb. Early yesterday Morning he put some ground bait in to attract the Fish. Whilst putting the bait out he saw three Fish that would have been 15lb up to 20lb so if the Otter did take any Fish, it didn’t take them all.

My previous experience with Otters was about 8 years ago, about two years after I had stocked the Lake. Every day I would feed the Fish in the morning and evening. One morning I found Carp Fish Scales on the Lake side. This carried on for a good while. The scales would have been from the largest Fish that we had put in to the Lake. To be honest I didn’t know that we had Otters in the area then, so I did not suspect it was an Otter. A Mink maybe, so I put out Mink traps to catch it. That didn’t work. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that I found out that it was an Otter. Otters unlike Mink eat their catch by the side of the Lake and leave the scales. It was also likely that the Otter had a Holt with Puppies, as they rarely stay in an area for as long as the one that was eating our Fish. We also found Otter droppings around the Lake. They look like a very large piece of cigarette ash and have a not unpleasant sweet smell.