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"otter at lunch"

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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04-24
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-05-04 2:58
Viewed: 3640
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken about 15 days ago at Darıca. The otter was on his lunch time. Here is the interesting thing; bird was alive! I don't know how? When I saw the scene; otter had broke off bird's neck and it was flapping. When there was too much blood ; otter took his hunt into water ,washed, took off the water and keep on eating ! You can guess that it's not a very good memory for me. But this is nature...
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Otters are aquatic or marine carnivorous mammals, members of the large and diverse family Mustelidae, which also includes weasels, polecats, badgers and others. There are 13 species of otter in 7 genera, with a distribution that is almost worldwide.
Physical characteristics
Otters have a dense layer 1,000 hairs/mm² (~650,000 hairs/in²) of very soft underfur which, protected by their outer layer of long guard hairs, keeps them dry under water and traps a layer of air to keep them warm. Unlike most marine mammals (seals, for example, or whales), otters do not have a layer of insulating blubber, and even the marine sea otter must come ashore regularly to wash its coat in fresh water.
All otters have long, slim, streamlined bodies of extraordinary grace and flexibility, and short limbs; in most cases the paws are webbed. Most have sharp claws to grasp prey but the short-clawed otter of southern Asia has just vestigal claws, and two closely related species of African otter have no claws at all: these species live in the often muddy rivers of Africa and Asia and locate their prey by touch.
Fish is the primary item in the diet of most otters, supplemented by frogs, crayfish, and crabs; some have become expert at opening shellfish, and others will take any small mammals or birds that happen to be available. To survive in the cold waters where many otters live, the specialised fur is not enough: otters have very high metabolic rates and burn up energy at a profligate pace: Eurasian otters, for example, must eat 15% of their body weight a day; sea otters, 20 to 25%, depending on the temperature. In consequence, otters are very vulnerable to prey depletion: in water as warm as 10°C an otter needs to catch 100 g of fish per hour: less than that and it cannot survive. Most species hunt for 3 to 5 hours a day; nursing mothers up to 8 hours a day.
Northern River Otter(Lontra canadensis),Sea Otter(Enhydra lutris),Maxwell's Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli),European otter
Nikon D70
2005/04/24 12:59:37.8
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/640 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 400
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: Auto
Noise Reduction: OFF

TAZ, honza, Comandante, sAner, marhowie, carper, AndyB, liquidsunshine, Janice, Fisher, JeanMichel, Paulosousa, scottevers7, Luc, gerhardt, PDP, Callie, annagrace, halki, touristdidi, jeanpaul, cas_orla, anavazao, jcoowanitwong, SkyF, izler, Finland_in_Eton, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-05-04 3:54]

Intéressante photo sur le tragédies de la nature. La chasse chez les animaux fait partie de leur survie mais c'est toujours émouvant à voir.
The capture of nature...

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-05-04 4:33]

Interesting and realistic shot. Good composition and sharpness.

Hi Şebnem!
It's awesome scane.Moment you caught,details and composition are perfect.Very well done!Thanks for sharing.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-05-04 6:44]

Awesome shot Sebnem! It's unbelievable that the bird was still alive after the otter cracked it's neck. Groase! Your photo is very good and the note is extremely interesting. I really enjoyed this post. Thanks for that. :)


Sebnem, Dramatic scene here..High gore factor but this is the way of nature the last time I checked...It must've been something to witness first-hand..TFS!

It's not my favourite theme for the photos, but it's sometimes good to see something else than just cute little creatures and flowers.
Thanks for that post.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-05-04 11:12]

It is an ugly scene but thats nature, very good capture Sebnem, the details are good, and it is well in pov, very good note too, great job,
gr. Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-05-04 12:42]

Sebnem, this photo is curious: although it could seem a "violent" one, it does seem cute to me.

Excellent sharpness, pov and composition.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-05-04 16:47]

A good capture Sebnem.
Its not a scene we usually see on TN but this is nature after all!
The composition is excellent and the details very good.
Good work,well done.

Great capture Sebnem,
It seems unusual to feed live a bird to the otter, will it be released back into the wild?
You've caught the action well. Good details. Your notes are excellent Sebnem.
Thanks for posting.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-05-05 4:15]

Yuk! Poor bird, but hey, that's life in the world for animals and birds such as these. I've seen them at the zoo and they look quite vicious little animals. Good capture for you Sebnem - like a nightmare! But well shown and TFS (sort-of):)

Excxelent capture and well done on this compositon. You got there at the right time for this bonus shot.


Sad story (I love birds :-), but you've caught a realistic moment, Sebnem, and your note explains very well the shooting conditions. Close framing where the expressive otter attitude is clearly shown is a good choice. A true moment, a great wildlife picture.

A very good capture. The notes and the photo tell the story well. Nice work!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-05-07 16:43]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: more than complete.
Very well seen and well done.
Thank you Sebnem.

Very good example showing nature at work. Not a pleasant thing to see, but an Otters gotta eat. Good story on the kill although a little unpleasant, but we must not just look at the pretty side of nature. Good work. Thanks

The photo is not your usually excellence but the moment does absolutely make up for it. Exceptional action of these fierce and cunning critters.

I visited a bird sanctuary a while ago situated next to a river. They loose lots of birds annually to these predators. Sometimes especially with ducks the male will protect the female and the otter will end up killing both and eating just one. :( Very nice post and write up, well done.

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-05-10 6:45]

Great wildlife scene Sebnem, i like the composition the clear details & sharpness. You did a great capture congratulations !



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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-05-13 16:56]

Very interesting shot Sebnem, not a pretty scene but as you say, that's nature. It can be pretty hard to look at sometimes and it's not always easy posting things like this. Thanks for posting.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2005-05-30 14:01]

Hi Sebnem
Finaly I have time to look at this guy having lunch - I love otter and have only seen them three times in the wild, but never rear enough to shoot. A great action pic, TFS

A really gory photo but a good capture. The leg sticking up really bothers me!

Good POV and sharpness. Thanks for posting the "real" side of nature!


hello:) another great compo:) exellent dof and pof:) great colours:)

well done

Have a nice weekend:)



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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-07-09 14:58]

What an amazing capture.Great timing Sebnem.This is a really great action picture and thanks for sharing with us otherwise we never know otters could do that.Nice POV.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-21 2:55]

Hello Şebnem!
Wonderful capture of wildlife.Details,moment yıu caught,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-01-10 20:57]

O momento certo de uma ótima foto. Boa nitidez e excelente POV.
Muito bom!!!

Fantatic picture, life is sometimes gruesome. I eat meat too, so what can I say. Very sharp, very true to life! Excellent! (Chickens can run without their heads for a few seconds. Their hearts contuine to beat even after being taken out. A chicken embryo egg, can live without it's shell also, for awhile. I saw this all on a farm, and in my embryonic biology class.)

Bonjour Sebnem
Intéressante prise de vue sur la vie de la nature. La chasse chez les animaux fait partie de leur survie mais je ne savais pas que les loutres chassaient et mangeaient les oiseaux.
Merci et au revoir....JP

This is a great take; and, we need to accept life as is.
Love your notes.
Well presented. You compose your subjects well.

Hello Sebnem,
Nature is brutal, seemingly... But I think that is why it is able to function properly!
It is easy for us on top of the food chain to feel awe by a sight like this, but then we're for sure no better!!!
Well framed scenery, showing reality how it is!
Pablo -

:-) Coming up! OK-

Hi friend!
How are you?
Another great shot .... this portrait is excellent, contrast colors composition, all is very nice!
Take care Ana:)

Hello Sebnem,
A scary scene. Delicious lunch or a big treat for this otter. You showed and described well. Nothing to complain about technique. Regards,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-02 8:59]

Hello Sebnem,
this shot is very interesting, I never knew that otters are after birds. Very well captured, good POV and excellent sharpness.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-20 18:02]

merhaba sebnem
tam da yemek vakti yakalanmis ve tam da bir hunt kategorisinde bir kare. boylesine bir av yaptigini ben hic gormemistim-duymamistim. kompozisyon, bakis acisi ve detaylar guzel ve de ilginc
eline saglik

Interesting image, I'd no idea that otters ate anything other than fish. While not everyone's cup of tea, the photo has done it's job... shown an aspsect of the otter that I (and perhaps others) was not aware of.

Good color and detail, well exposed and interesting composition.

TFS, Mish

Belle photo d' un break fust, j' espère que c' est bien comme cela que cela s' écrit,j' aime cette photo, elle est bien comme la nature nous la montre, au moins ce n' est pas comme le lapin avec sa goutte de sang, celle la je me demande pourquoi on la montre sans arret et pourquoi elle a fait tant de points. La votre est naturelle et très jolies. Amitiés Thomas

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-08-16 11:24]

Hi Sebnem.
Dramatic a bit but natural scene. You have pictures this scene very well. Cropping is excellent too as well as the sharpness and natural colours. TFS and kind regards.

Interesting and realistic shot. Good composition and sharpness.

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