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Rainbow River

My dad and I went out on the Rainbow River one frosty morning where the day started with some engine malfunctions, but ended in success. Once we got there I heard the un mistakable sound of and American Bald Eagle, and I urged my dad to get the boat in the water A.S.A.P. Once we were in I saw him, he was perched in a tree not 50 feet from the boat ramp. I was able to get some shots just as he was taking off. Then we headed up river a little ways where we saw a Great Egret fishing in some tall grasses. We stumbled upon a group of divers where I took some shots for my Eagle Scout Project.

After seeing endless amounts of Anhinga and Cormorants we decided to go back down river to see if we could find our main target, otters. After passing the boat ramp we went down a little over 100 yards (300 ft) my dad said that we should go back, and I told him I had a feeling that the otters were close, and was I right. Just around the corner we saw long, dark objects shooting through the water, they were American River Otters! We chased them onto shore tons of times and we were able to get some amazing shots. One thing that I learned was that they like to eat crayfish; because whenever they would dive down and come back up, they would be crunching on a crayfish.

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