The Art of Dick Twinney
'Lying Up' Dog Otter
Otters' homes are called holts and usually consist of a hole or tunnel excavated beneath the roots of trees on the river bank. However where otters live beside lakes and lochs as in Scotland and Ireland, their holts are frequently under large rocks with one or two entrances. Such holts are fairly easy to find as when in regular use there is usually a well defined track leading up from the water.
In marshy areas and dunes such as here in the Westcountry, otters (which are mostly nocturnal) will often 'lie-up' during the day in couches or resting places which consist of a bed of flattened reeds, sedge or grasses well hidden in a thicket or reed bed as depicted in this week's featured painting. Otters are good climbers and will on occasion also use the tops of our stone walls and hedges, providing there is plenty of cover, in which to 'lie-up'.
To see more of Dick's work or to purchase prints or paintings that have appeared here in the paper visit The Cornish Wildlife Art Gallery, Trekenning Road, St Columb Major, Cornwall TR9 6RR Phone: 01637 880606 or online: www.theartofdicktwinney.com and YouTube
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