We saw River Otters twice on our trip, at Trout Lake in Yellowstone, and at Oxbow Bend in the Grand Teton National Park. They are some of the cutest and most playful animals I've ever seen.
It was hot and humid at Riverside on Tuesday evening. The parents were hanging out north of the Boat Basin cafe and along the parkway. The fledgling was difficult to find, but showed up in and around the playground area later in the evening.
One of the great surprises of my trip to Yellowstone was to find an Osprey Nest in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone at over 7,000 feet of elevation. I'm so used to seeing Osprey on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in the Northeast and in Florida, I never thought they would be so high in Yellowstone fishing and breeding in a canyon.
The Riverside Drive fledgling is really doing well at flying high. On Monday evening, the fledgling flew to a building at 75th and Riverside Drive. It got harassed by an American Kestrel and flew to another building roof. Later, it flew back to its normal hunting grounds and caught a rat, which it eat on a tree limb above the playground. (The video includes pictures of the rat being eaten.)
I had a great vacation in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park. At Oxbow Bend on the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park was a very cute Beaver who was very active at dusk.
I'll be posting more images from my trip throughout the week. Sorry for the off topic posts, but I had fun out west!
During the week I was away the flegling learned to fly high along Riverside Drive exploring buildings from the 70's through the 100's. Today, when I caught up with the fledgling, I discovered that it had learned to perch on street lights, just like its parents.