Riverside rambles: Alex’s wild walks along the Otter
- Credit: Picture: Alex Walton Photography
Photographer Alex Walton shares his wildlife photos captured during walks along the River Otter
It’s been a year of ‘firsts’ for me as a photographer, not just because of the new challenges the pandemic has brought, but also the vast array of wildlife I’ve managed to capture on my daily walks along the River Otter.
I have caught on camera for the first time: a goosander and her chicks, otters, a great spotted woodpecker and more.
But the ultimate trophy in my photo album has got to be a beaver with its kit, which I spotted feeding in the shallows.
The hardest part of these wild walks has been putting the alarm clock on for 4am in order to head out for sunrise.
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The benefit of early starts is that is when animals tend to wake and you are most likely to spot these wonders of nature.
I have been lucky enough to observe and photograph a variety of animals for the first time while out walking the banks of the Otter, between my hometown of Ottery St Mary and Otterton.
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Having lived in Ottery for nearly 30 years, I have never properly explored its river course until now.
I wonder what new discoveries I will make on my next riverside ramble.