Swamp Monster????

by Russell Smith December. 10, 2019 220 views

I left off yesterday talking crazy you know like a swamp monster or maybe a large snake... The wake was moving fast but it was narrow. Well more narrow than an Alligator or anything my brain could manage to conjure up in the early morning light. After all South Carolina does have sighting of the Lizard Man.
I saw it headed towards the shore line and it surfaced again quickly and dove back down. Resembles a snake to me then I saw the heron fly over to a log that has fallen into the swamp.

Strange because if this was a snake it would be larger than it could handle as food and would almost large enough to consider the heron as a menu item. As I track the wake and bubbles with my lens trying to keep the focus just in front of both it surfaced. My hear skipped a beat and I snapped this image. Not an art piece but my first shot of an animal that I have heard lives here. I have seen glimpses of and heard playing in the grass but it has been elusive and not graced itself on my sensor or SD cards.

An Otter.... As it dove around the log I realized what the heron was doing. It was using the Otters presence as a chance to get a meal from the fish it flushed out of the hiding locations .

It kept swimming around diving and I am guessing trying to find breakfast. The Otter grew tired of finding nothing around the log so it swam away from the log and the location I was perched. I decided to see if my Jedi mind powers would work and tried to will the little guy back towards me.

On this morning it chose to listen to me swimming right towards me. At this point I am trying to not squeal like a kid who was taken to the largest candy store and told you can have anything you want.

Oh carp it is swimming towards me I need to be still enough that this guy does not see me as a threat.

This is the Otter telling me I see you and I hold my breath hoping to not hear the alarm call that I have heard several times.

Thankfully the stars were in alignment and I did not hear the call . The Otter ignored me and continued to forage or hunt for breakfast.

The sun came out for a brief second and then went away. By now the Otter was getting frustrated I think because it would come up breath and almost sigh because the fish got away .

I was hoping that this little guy would hop out onto the bank and I could get some shots of it playing or eating but the luck was not with me for that part. After about 15 min and a 100 or so shots it preceded to swim away following the canal.

I knew the direction it was headed and I tried to get ahead of it using a trail that parallel the part of the swamp it was swimming down. Unfortunately there was another smaller Otter that spotted me and sounded that alarm call causing both of them to disappear from my view. It was at this point I did a happy dance.


Some things that I learned from this encounter is with Otters follow the bubble trail or the waked with your cameras lens when hunting you have a brief second to catch them on the surface. Expect to miss a lot of shots also I would like to have had a faster shutter speed but I was maxed on iso (yes I could go higher no I could not because the IQ would suffer even more). I do plan on going back asap to see if I can improve upon these shots. None of them are great shots but it is a good starting point for a species that I have not shot before.
Question is did my luck end here or was there more luck to be had on this day ?

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Pete 10 months, 2 weeks ago

great sighting

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Russell Smith Replied to Pete 10 months, 2 weeks ago

:) thank you

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Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

You drew me in with this post.. Lady luck is with you, fine  catch

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh it was fantastic and thank you.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Sherry Hill 10 months, 2 weeks ago

oh what a cool find.. i'd be doing a happy dance too..

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Sherry Hill 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I have been trying to get these guys in the frame for the last 11 months. For the last 3 months I have caught glimpses of them or even heard them playing out of sight.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

WOW Russell!!!! What a catch!!! Loved reading your commentary and following your photos. That is what I call a perfect day! Now you can relax for another few days smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Honestly it was a great find.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I was hoping it would be the Loch Ness monster's grandchild. smile

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Benny Law 10 months, 2 weeks ago

grinning I was hoping the same thing.

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm happy I've got it right grinning Cool pictures Russel

10 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Antonio Gil 10 months, 2 weeks ago

:) It was a great experience.

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