Over the last few years I’ve had a few encounters with American Badgers but almost all were very brief and limited to seeing them scurry across paved highways in my travels throughout southern Alberta. Known for being very private with natal den sites and putting on an impressive display of attitude towards intruders; finding this den with 3 young of year last week was a rewarding encounter that was an exception to the norm. While she watched closely, the female allowed me to photograph a tender moment with one of her young.
It’s one of those rivers that make flyfishermen drool; multiple deep dark pools surrounded by lush temperate rainforest in a place away from the masses. Located on the east side of Moresby Island in the Haida Gwaii archipelago, the Copper River is a place that poets speak of with words that come easy in a place of such beauty. Having a taste of the north island in October of 2012, a return this August was just as beautiful and paved the way to a future trip to this incredible place.
After deciding between the multitude of pools to drop a fly, it was down to the river with flyrod in hand with hopes of catching a Cutthroat Trout or Dolly Varden. Upon reaching the edge of the river, a chaos of splashes revealed I was not alone but in the company of a family of River Otters. Known for their playfulness and curiousity, hopes of an afternoon of catching fish became secondary and sprint up the bank to swap the flyrod for camera took place. Thankfully nobody was around to watch the unscheduled cardio workout in flipflops; not exactly the most graceful of sights.
Upon returning to the river, all but one of the otters had swam off into a nearby logjam. After checking out the 2 legged intruder, the brave adult joined the rest of the family. After waiting a few minutes, curiuosity got the better of the family as eventually they came out one by one to see/smell me before swimming downstream to the next pool.