Friday, January 09, 2009

Flood water covered the otter landing and camera

The heavy snow and then the warm rain caused severe flooding in western Washington so it was difficult to check a few cameras I had set on the upper Toutle river for otter. Was quite concerned about the camera getting wet and what I saw was amazing. The camera must have been under water for at least several hours and most likely 5 or 6 hours.
The deer photo was taken on the January 2 at 9:50 PM, after that the camera filled the card with 69 pictures of the high water on January 7th. The river crested 10 hours after the last high water picture and the high water marks on the bank were a foot over the top of the camera.

The camera was dry inside the case and the Yeti board still worked, in fact I just changed batteries and left it on the same tree.


At 9:51 PM, Blogger Camera Trap Codger said...

Wow! Great pictures and story.

I was going to write to ask how it is going, but your post answers the question. Great to hear the cameras weren't swept away. Trust the house is high and dry too.

The otters should be all bulked out from the aerobics.

At 10:28 PM, Blogger cliff said...

Certainly has been an interesting week with the weather changes. I kept the wood stove burning so it was nice and warm and we are high and dry.

Think owlman left the Lewis river in the nick of time and wish him the best.

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