Monday, April 26, 2010

We're not the only creatures fishing on Red Lake

Anglers come from all over the world to sample Red Lake, Ontario for its famous population of fish. But not all of these fishermen are human.

Bald eagles can be seen sitting on trees and flying all over the place as they do their type of fishing -- swooping in from the air and plucking fish from the surface. Their favorite targets are suckers and tulibee but they'll take whatever they can sink their needle-sharp talons into.

Other feathered fish eaters are osprey (quite rare here), merganser ducks, loons and great blue herons.

A four-footed fisherman that is always a thrill to see but hard to photograph is the otter. They often travel in packs or pods, like seals. We had many reports of otter sightings in 2009.

They often seem as interested in you as you are in them. They stretch their bodies high out of the water and snort at you. Try snorting back at them! I've done it and it seems for awhile like I was engaging them in conversation. I must have said something wrong, however, because they soon disappeared.

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