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Aonyx cinerea

Aonyx cinerea
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-05
Categories: Mammals
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-22 0:46
Viewed: 3940
Points: 78
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Asian Otter [Aonyx cinerea]

Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otters in the world. They are predominantly a dark brown with a lighter patch on their throat. They have relatively short hair with their longest hairs at less than an inch in length. The feet of Asian small-clawed otter are very narrow and are only webbed to the last joint and not all the way to the end of the toe. They have very short, blunt claws. The fact that their paws are only partially webbed gives them an excellent sense of touch and coordination. They catch their prey in their paws instead of with their mouth (unlike other otters.)

Asian small-clawed otters live on crabs, mollusks, fish, and small aquatic mammals.

Asian small-clawed otters live in freshwater wetlands and mangrove swamps. They are on land more than any other otter. Asian small-clawed otters are found Southern India, Southern China, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Asian small-clawed otters are one of the few social otters. Breeding pairs will stay together for life and both participate in the raising of their young. Young otters will often stay with their parents after adulthood and live together in a small social group of anywhere from 4 to 12 animals. Within these groups, Asian small-clawed otters can be found playing games such as tug-of-war or just sunning themselves. The female Asian small-clawed otter is dominant over the male and the male will hunt for the female and her pups as they develop.

Young Asian small-clawed otters are born small and helpless. They don’t open their eyes until they are 40 days old. They start to swim at 63 days and eat solid food at 80 days.

Asian small-clawed otters have an excellent sense of vision, both under water and above.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-22 0:57]

Hi Ben

What a cute pose from this lovely small-clawed otter giving you a perfect view of its claw. The notes are a good read and very informative as well.

The composition is great with this guy lying on the rock. The colours are well defined and natural, the sharp details show all its facial features and those impressive whiskers very well, the BG is well removed and the colouration is complimentary to the subject, and you did a great job with the exposure.

Well done and TFS.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-01-22 1:33]

hi benyamin,
ahaha il y a une cure de soleil pour sécher ses pattes !
exccelent travail le cliché est original et de très bonne qualité.


Hi Benyamin, lovely little animal, very nice photo with great sharpness and good colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hey Benny, nice shot!
Excellent portrait with great details.

so ciut;-), and great photo;-)

Hi Benyamin,
This otter is so cute, that I have to guess it is a young one. Excellent sharpness and handle of light. Very well done picture.

Hi Benyamin

You have captured this wee fella with a lovely expression. I like the out stretched leg and paw. A lovely pose. Very well done! TFS.

Hols Benyamin.
Precioso retrato (portrait) de esta nutria, mis felicitaciones.
Un saludo.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-01-22 4:24]

Hi Benyamin,
The pose is very cute :o) I liked the focus, sharpness and composition. TFS

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-22 5:26]

Hello Ben,
Lovely capture of this beautiful little animal in a charming pose. Excellent details and natural colours. Brilliant composition and interesting note too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

lovely shot

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-22 7:48]

Hi Benjamin,
Too cute this little otter. And his paw, like a little hand. You caught it in such a touching attitude. Excellent composition too.
Best regards

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-22 8:59]

Hello Ben,
this is a very cute composition, the Otter alone is a lovely sight, but him posing like this makes this extra special. Great timing and the details are wonderful. POV, colors and sharpness are great.

Hello Ben,
What a cute capture! I really like to see its little hand in FG. You caught excellent details in a very beautiful composition, exposure and DOF. Everything is very nice and sweet in this picture with great BG and notes. Thanks,

Hello Ben

Excllent work, Great colors bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp, I really like your POV alot nice work

TFS Kyle

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-22 11:16]

Hi Ben.
What a nice, sweet shot you managed to pictured. Amazing pose of this cute animal and perfect quality of its image. You have selected DOF extremely well as well as the POV. Lighting of the picture and sharpness of the animal are perfect too. Very nice< lovely close-up. BRAVO and bye best regards.

Adorable picture of this cute little Otter, Ben. I like the way it has extended its paw over the rock for comfort :-)!
Very fine POV, DOF and overall composition.
I also enjoyed reading your well written note.
Warm regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-22 12:37]

Hi Ben

That is just lovely. Great pose with the stretched out paw. Sharp details, great pov and lovely light. Very sweet



Hi Benyamin,
A high cute factor...
But also a great compo...

Estupenda imagen, con unos detalles finísimos. Una luz fantástica y una composición genial.
Saludos Benyamin.
Juan Luis,

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-01-22 14:17]

Hello Ben ,Fantastic shot from this otter, good compositie colours details sharpnes nice bg ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-22 14:40]

Hi Benyamin.
This is perfect capture of this lovely little animal.Funny pose.Great details.Nicely composed and very good exposure.
Great job.TFS and for very informative note too.
Best greetings Milos

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2007-01-22 15:05]

Excellent portrait, well done

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-01-23 5:13]

Precioso y magnífico pov. gran trabajo y buena captura... saludos Benyamin TP

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-01-23 9:38]

What a cute little thing!
Love this perfect portrait, great flawless shot!Well done Ben!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-23 12:47]

Primorosa imagen Ben con el punto de vista maravilloso, captando los exquisitos detalles de la nutria con total claridad y luminosidad.
Un acotado DOF brinda el foco necesario y a la vez un apropiado fondo que no interfiere con el primer plano.
Me encanta el encuadre elegido así como la presentación general con el marco muy estético para esta composición.
Gracias y mis mejores saludos... Ricardo

Dainty image Ben with wonderful point of view, capturing the exquisite details of the otter with total clearness and brightness.
An enclosed DOF offers the necessary focus and at the same time an appropriate bottom that doesn't interfere with the forefront.
I love the elected framing as well as the general presentation with the very aesthetic frame for this composition.
Thank you and my best regards... Ricardo

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-01-23 16:34]

Hi Benyamin,
This otter has a really wonderful pose. Composition and gesture are the best!
TFS, José M.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-24 21:27]

Hello Ben,
This is a nice shot, a great moment you've captured. A very playful innocent expression, great pose and the POV is perfect. Great DOF and nicely framed. I think positioning the Otter either side of the frame would work because of the body position and the angle of the head. I like it this way. I think sharpening might bring out some more detail, something like USM 200% pixel radius 0.2 or 0.3. A nice shot and good note, a great post from you.
Best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-01-25 9:19]

I love these little nosies!! What a wonderful picture! Perfect sharpness, focus, DOF, POV and composition. Excellent information and presentation.
Superb job. Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

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  • TBW Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 28 N: 200] (846)
  • [2007-01-26 18:29]

Hi Ben!

What a cute otter! The composition is nice and the colours and sharpness very good!
Great note too!


tres reussi avec un BG bien flou et la netteté assez bonne sur l'animal.
j'aime beaucoup sa pose.felicitations.

hi benyamin!
what a fine animal!
sharp and with good pov and dof
well done!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-01-30 15:49]

Hi Ben. An exellent close-up of this small Asian otter. Good clarity and colours. The expression is just right. Good work. Murray.

What a cuuuutie! :pp Excellent timing, Ben.
"I'm pandiculating! Wake me up!"

Tfs, best regards,

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-02 18:55]

Hi Ben,
Quite the cute capture with excellent detail! Composition is top shelf too! Thanks!

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-19 9:14]

This MUST be a female: she looks like she's been checking her nails (^0^) !
Superb capture with admirable sharpness and superb colours

G'day Ben
Is it "talk to the hand cause the ears ain't listening mate!
Great capture, sharpness colour and pov are all fantastic. One of my favourit animals to observe.
TFS Paul

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-30 6:59]


Nice streching before eating. TFS.


Nice capture of this cute little guy. I like the outstretched paw.

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