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Fish eating Neotropical Otter

Fish eating Neotropical Otter
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-25 7:56
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo is taken from a small boat.
The neotropical otter (or neotropical river otter), Lontra longicaudis, is an otter species found in Central America, South America and the island of Trinidad.

The neotropical otter is very similar-looking to the northern and southern river otter, which sandwich this species' range. Overall length can range from 90–150 centimetres, of which about a third of the length is comprised by the tail. The body weight can range from 5–15 kilograms.

This otter is found in many different riverine habitats, including deciduous and evergreen forests, savannas, llanos and pantanal. This species likely prefers to live in clear, fast-flowing rivers and streams, and is probably rare in sluggish, silt-laden lowland rivers. It is a solitary animal and feeds on fish and crustaceans. It is an endangered species, according to CITES Appendix I.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Mr.Peter,
Very beautiful picture.We watch this type of moment in Nat Geo.Excellent timing with eye contact.
Authentic colour with outstanding clarity with its active moment made this picture attractive.Very sharp and well lighted.
Thanks for sharing such excellent one,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-10-25 8:21]

Hi Peter,a spectacular capture of the water world after a lot of flying birds,and this is a great scoop! What a special capture of this very rare guest of TN and what a timing too,to take this difficult moment of its dinner,you caught in the best way this lucky opportunity!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
Zomaar weer eens buurten
Wat is dit een engerd met die lelijke ogen
MAAR!!ook weer een prachtig beest
Super scherp en een mooie compositie ,je kan veel zien
mooie kleuren ook
groet lou

What a lively capture of this Otter eating fish with great relish, Peter! I can see it in its eye.
Excellent sharpness and a very impressive scenario under which you have captured it.
Thanks and regards.

Ciao Peter, great portrait of cute creature, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter
照的清晰 這進食的鏡頭難得一見
很棒的相片 令人驚嘆和稀奇

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-10-25 9:57]

Hello Peter.
You appear to be able to get closer and closer too This is a real nice frame filling shot. Light, exposure, and detail, look excellent. Nice work!Regards Siggi

Ciao Peter. Impressive! Just a professional taken. Stunning details great DOF good colours.


WOW Peter, This is stunning. It almost looks like he is watching you to make sure you don't take his fish away. Yes I've only seen these beautiful creatures on Nat Geo Wild. What a fantastic image with everything just perfect! Well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2013-10-25 13:18]

great timing, effective expo and impressive detail .. well done Peter


nuri :)

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2013-10-25 17:47]

Importante testimonio de esta nutria que tan amenazada está. Existen pocas observaciones en el noreste de mi país Argentina. Muy interesante verla en el momento, que muy a la manera de todas las nutrias del mundo (las de río y la de mar), se alimenta mientras flota en las aguas.
Sabemos lo dificil que es obtener una buena fotografía de especies salvajes, y ni hablar si aparte la has captado desde una canoa. Muy buen trabajo, Peter, como nos tienes acostumbrados.
Un abrazo,
Hernán Bortondello

Hi Peter,
What an awesome closeup macro of this fierce looking otter! Super clear details, excellent DOF, very good POV, superb natural colors, and amazing presentation of the image! In my mind, otters were lovely and nimble animals, but now viewing this photo, I find it looks like a monster, esp its eyes. Great work of art! Thanks and have a nice weekend!

Hallo Peter,
Baie interessant dat jy jou driepoot op die klein boot opgestel het. En jy was ryklik beloon. Hierdie foto demonstreer ook jou veelsydigheid as fotograaf. Uitstekend goed gedoen - die aksie en gehalte is van die beste. Groete.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-10-26 2:44]

Hello Peter,
excellent capture.interesing details.thanks..

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-10-26 5:50]

Truly amazing catch, Peter! This otter looks like some Chinese mythological creature.. The picture shows fantastic details, and the light is exceptionally good.



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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-10-26 10:28]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic portrait feeding otters. Excellent detail and focus.
Gorgeous natural colours.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-26 20:04]

Hello Peter,
What an interesting image you have posted here. You don't see many otters shown on TN and especially one feeding like this. Awesome detail, just look at those tiny ears and it's intense eyes. The head features reminds me somewhat of a Pitbull dog. Awesome shot Peter!!

Hello Peter,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and details of this image. The composition is wonderful. Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a superb photo. Lovely contrast against the background. A top quality image. AMAZING DETAILS.....

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-10-28 5:15]

Hello Peter,
What an appetite! Very vivid and soemhow funny shot. Perfect sharpness considering that you were sitting in a boat. Lovely pose and fine natural colours. Most interesting!
Kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-10-28 10:56]

Hallo Peter,
Excellent shot of the portrait ..
Beautiful photo in good sharpness and natural colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,

You're capturing well this scene by a good timing, a good focus and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the decisive moment which this otter is eating the fish. It's interesting in short ear, long mustache and firm hand. And, the light is managed well by fine shade.

Kind regards,

Fantastic animal and amazing scene Peter! Fantastic photo too! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness!

Hello Peter,
Wow!what an impressive capture,outstanding details and an image with beautiful expression.

Hello Peter
Superb moment.
perfect clarity and colour.
it is really a beautiful natural history shot.
best wishes,

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