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Picture this! A sea eagle and an otter being best buddies – or are they?
Holidaymaker Dave Miller from Northumberland managed to snap this shot on Mull.
Normally a pair like this would be battling out over the otter’s prey but these two seemed to be getting on just fine when they spotted by Dave with his camera in Loch na Keal
The feathered and furry friends are so relaxed in each other’s company that the otter even felt comfy enough in the adult white-tailed sea eagle’s company to leave its droppings on the rocks.
But RSPB’s Mull officer Dave Sexton said he doubts the pair would have stayed on friendly-terms for too long.
‘It would be easy to Disney-fy this two’s friendship because that’s what it looks like. It seems that they are quite relaxed in each other’s company but I think that was a temporary arrangement. Normally the eagle would be trying to get the food of the otter and the otter would be doing its best to hide and keep its catch. It can get quite frantic out there. The brilliant photos from Dave Miller capture a bit of a lull in the proceedings while they were taking a break.
‘They’re not really the best of pals, I don’t think.’
Amateur wildlife photographer Mr Miller said: ‘I visit Mull every year to see and photograph all the wildlife the island has to offer.
‘I was very fortunate to catch a glimpse of the otter and eagle together on the same rock. I have been lucky enough to photograph otters and eagles
before but have never seen them together, and neither seemed fazed by the other.
I quickly grabbed my camera and managed to to take some photos and considered
myself very fortunate to witness this once in a lifetime spectacle.’
Sea eagles often follow otters in the hope of getting a free meal by scavenging a fish, eel or octopus which the otters have caught.
Another revolting habit they have, is chasing greedy gannets until the birds regurgitate their recent fishy catch.
Earlier this year, 16 white-tailed sea eagles were spotted outside Pennyghael Shop drawn by a dead goose or more before they disbanded and went their separate ways.
Caption: Pals or rivals? This otter and white-tailed eagle were behaving themselves for Mull visitor Dave Miller’s camera
Photo: Dave Miller