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Tales of the River Bank

Tales of the River Bank
Photo Information
Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D / Digital Rebel XT, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-15 10:46
Viewed: 3692
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another shot taken at the BWC. They are hoping one of their pairs may breed this year

Lutra lutra
Otters are one of the most playful animals, often appearing to take childlike enjoyment in sliding around on muddy banks or in snow.

Life span
Up to 10 years.

Head and body length: 55-110cm, Weight: 5-12kg.

Physical Description
Although conforming to the basic mustelid body shape of a long, slim body and a skull with powerful jaws, otters show numerous adaptations to aquatic life. These include webbed toes and a powerful rudder-like tail, used for propulsion under water. Otters are capable of closing their ears and nostrils while underwater. They have two types of fur; stout waterproof guard hairs and a dense, fine underfur which provides insulation. Their fur is chestnut brown and is slightly lighter on the belly.

The Eurasian otter is the only otter native to Britain. They're also found throughout Europe, as far north as the Arctic Circle, across most of Asia and northern Africa.

In the British Isles, otters are found in fresh and salt water, although coastal otters like those in Scotland and the Shetlands need access to freshwater pools to clean their insulating fur.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-08-15 10:49]

Hola Karan,
bonito retrato y sobresaliente pov,
simpático y original trabajo,

Hello Karan,
ho ho!! Here comes your beautiful posting of Otter, I tried several times to capture them but it's hard to wait for them to be still!
you captured well in perfect clarity, sharpness, true colour and details!
my compliment!!
best wishes

Hola Karan
Another great shot of this Otters, great point of view.

Hi Karan
lovely shot, I like the natuals colors, focus is impeccable, good sharpness, very well done,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-15 11:24]
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Hi karen..You are so lucky to have seen this otter. I have never seen one in the wild . only in books. You have captured a fine shot with good colours and detail. I like the pose very much. very well done TFS.
Can you tell me were the BWC is.

Hello Karan,superbe portrait de cette loutre,bon detail et composition,good shot.Bravo et tfs

Hi Karan
very nice capture of this lovely otter. composition, POV, details and sharpness very nice.
I saw formerly otters in rivers, seashores in several times. Unfortunately I had no camera in these times. you are lucky.
thanks for sharing, best wishes. Ahmet

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-15 12:39]

Hi Hester,

I've never seen an Otter and he looks adorable peeking out of the tall grass. The face is marvelous and so sweet looking. Excellent details and nice natural colors. You caught him in a very nice pose. Is it coat wet?


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-08-15 20:54]

Hello Karan

Lucky you.These guys are the most amazing animals to watch.They play so much,they really enjoy themselves.The focus is very good with excellent eye contact.I like the natural setting ,it looks like it just came out of the water and is preparing to slip and slide back in.TFS


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-08-16 0:55]

Hi Karen,
how do you do it?? You seem to have some sort of mammal magnet or something!
Clearly the details, exposure and focus are spot on as per the norm, but what i like most is the undergrowth and foliage around him, it gives a sense of context in his surroundings and a naturally wild feel to the image. Very well done.

hello karen
toujours des présentations aussi jolies
les couleurs sont nettes et claires, bons détails et bravo pour ce flou qui fait ressortir le tout
bien vu, merci du partage, amicalement

hi karan,

sweet animal!love them!they are said to be my dog's grand-mother!(a labrador) :-)
nice shot,he didn't know he was being observed!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-08-16 1:54]
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Hi Karan,
this shot makes me want to go to the BWC even more!!!
Did you go round with a guide?
An excellent shot.
Sharp and detailed.
Brilliant low-down POV.
Well done,

Hello Karan,
I agree with Tony, quite difficult to get a moment when they are not moving.
Well done

This is a nice capture of this perky little fellow Karan. I'm sure he didn't stay there posing for long. It is a nice sharp, well exposed image.

Evelynn : )

Hi Karan

Very cute shot. Nice low POV and a lovely subject. Congrats! :-)

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-17 10:46]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful shot of the Otter in its natural habitat. Very sharp image with neat focus. The natural lighting looks great. Excellent POV to portray this lovely pose and very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-17 12:08]

Hi Karan,
A perfect pose, pov, composition and a really nice natural frame.
TFS, José M.

Hi Karan
Beau portrait,la netteté est bonne et les détails excellents.J'aime bien la pose du spécimen et le contraste de couleur.

Merci et au revoir...JP

Hi Karan,
Very nice shot of this lovely lutra,
good sharpness

Hi Karan,
A wonderful photo of one of my favorite animals. I still need to see one for real. I love the spy like composition where you captured the otter through the grass. Excellent work on the focus and DOF. The catchlight in the eye is beautiful and the fac that you can also see the tail is marvelous.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-08-23 3:36]

Hi Karen, a beautiful and perfectly charming shot. Excellent pov and well framed within the grass. The Otter is well focused and nice and sharp with great detail. Wonderful light and colours.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-08-27 4:23]

Hi Karan,
This is looking very nice. I like your composition and low pov. Just with the head out of the water and above the grasses.
Great sharpness and nice details on the wet fur.
TFS Paula

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