Thursday, March 12, 2015

Mystery Animal in the Lake -- Otter!

The beaver is becoming a regular sight at Lake Kittamaqundi, and I had it in view again yesterday evening (above). I was taking what was to be a casual stroll and only had my compact camera with limited zoom. The beaver swam away and went under, then a few seconds later I spotted an animal about the same size across the lake -- but it moved and behaved differently, and seemed more weasel-like. Wildlife contacts here confirm that it is a river otter. (In the following photos, the otter is feeding and rears its head to swallow.)

It was a beautiful, golden evening, too...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

warm, happy ducks and mergansers

On Lake Kittamaqundi yesterday. Our winter visitors will be leaving soon for their summer home.

Monday, March 9, 2015

At the Kennedy Center...


yesterday, for the Sunday matinee of Washington National Opera's performance of Poulenc's "Dialogues of the Carmelites"

Friday, March 6, 2015

the Lakefront today, following the winter storm

(Water damage mitigation continues at the American City Building. We're glad to hear that the contents of the Artists Gallery on the ground floor were not damaged.)

sitting for their portraits

As the snow progressed yesterday, various birds surveyed the situation from the top of a holly tree above my bird feeders.