River Otters, Bald Eagles And Wood Ducks On A Blustery November Day In The Susquehanna Wetlands.
River otters, bald eagles and wood ducks were the last things I expected to see when I decided to visit the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County on Saturday. But saw them I did! It was a cold and blustery morning with a temperature of 28 degrees when I arrived around 8:30 a.m. I wasn’t expecting to see much wildlife because of the cold and windy weather. Even the Winter resident birds find shelter and are not usually active on these blustery days.
As is my routine, after arriving at the wetlands I walked down to check out the Susquehanna River. It was receding but still pretty high. I also noticed the skid marks from my slip and fall in the mud two weeks ago could still be seen on the path that led down to the river. I am much more cautious approaching the river after my tumble.
As I walked in the wetlands I was surprised to see, swimming on one of the canals, a wood duck. I haven’t seen one since early October. It flew off before I could get a photo.
I thought for sure they had already left the wetlands. It wouldn’t be the last wood duck I’d see on my hike. A few minutes later I saw another surprise, a bald eagle flying in this blustery weather. It was high overhead, sometimes soaring above the lower clouds. This was the best photo I could get of the eagle. It appears to be a juvenile.
and on a nearby pond, I saw some movement on the far end. I thought they were the wood ducks, or possibly mallard ducks. However, when I took a photo with my 600mm zoom lens I realized they were river otters!
I am pretty sure it was the family of river otters I saw last month. I couldn’t see them except through my camera lens. It was overcast and my Sonny RX 10 iv mirrorless isn’t very good in the low light so these were the best photos I could get. You can see they were feeding on fish in the pond.
I saw a lot of splashing and I am guessing they juveniles were playing like the last time I saw them. However, the eventually decided to swim onto the shore. I wish I could have got closer and took better photos. They are such beautiful creatures. I am glad they are still in the wetlands. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the river otters. Susquehanna Wetlands river otters. November 27 2021.
The rest of my walk back to my Jeep was dreary and uneventful. No more critters stirred. I was cold when I finished my hike, and I didn’t see the diversity of flora and fauna I see in the warmer months, but to see wood ducks, a bald eagle, and especially river otters in November was more than enough of a treat for me. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. Susquehanna Wetlands November 27 2021.