I haven't posted anything from it in some time, but that doesn't mean nuthing's been shaking down at the stream-side defecation station!
If you're a person that's interested in learning to identify animal scat, I think it's helpful to see many examples because there's so much variation in how scats appear. So, I'm going to post more otter defecant pictures (plus, there's nuthin' better than animal poop pics...who's with me?! Right?!). The last of the otter crap pics I posted were taken on 11 March, 2011.
Here are some from a few days later (15 March, 2011).
Above: Two more examples of otter scat as they were found on March 15, 2011.Note that both of these lack the dominance of fish scales found in earlier examples.
These contain a healthy dose of crunched up crayfish exoskeletons.
So, the last half-way decent otter pic occured on March 1, 2011. I swapped memory cards on March 2, and wasn't back for about a week to check the camera. When I came back on March 15, I realized that fresh otter scat had been deposited on mounds of leaves in my absence (see pictures above). So, I knew there would be something on the camera. Just wasn't sure if any of the pictures would be good.
So when I arrived at home, I scrolled through the photos the camera had taken. Of course some of the usual suspects were there in excess (racoons and deer....seriously, it would take me an hour just to count every racoon and deer that passes this camera in a month's time!).
In addition, on March 4th I was lucky enough to get a series of pictures of an otter actually dragging leaves/debris into a mound to defecate on!
Then, about four days later an otter returned to deposit another little gift.
Not long afterwards (in addition to the same constant string of racoons and deer), a Coyote (Canis latrans) poses for a nice shot. This was March 12th.
A few hours later on the same date, an otter passes by (and, of course, the camera only catches his back-half).
About 5 days after the picture of the otter's backside, an otter FINALLY sits still for a nice shot.
I'll round this post off with a photo of a Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) captured in the evening on March 17th. This is the first Gray Fox that I've gotten a photo of at this location.
The camera remains over the otter latrine at the time of this post. More otter pictures to come!