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Why did you wake me up?

Why did you wake me up?
Photo Information
Copyright: Tage Bjorklund (Tage) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 20D, 100-400L is
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-17 21:23
Viewed: 3053
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When observing the float consisting of about fifty sleeping sea otters, I noticed one otter was slowly drifting away from the group.
He was sound asleep.
This bird (who was one of half a dozen of similar birds that circled the sleeping otters) swam after him and pecked him on the feet, to wake the otter from his sleep.
Here the otter is looking at the bird as if to say "Why did you wake me up?"

Then the otter noticed that he was now quite far from the group, so he swam back to the others and went back to sleep.
And the bird continued his watch over the sleeping otters. It seemed to me that the birds are taking well care of their sea otters. This bird did not like that his buddy was floating away from the group, so he woke him up.

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To Nephrotome2: birds and otters are best buddiesTage 2 07-28 03:16
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  • coasties Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
  • [2007-07-17 23:29]

Hi Tage

Maybe not technically good, but this is a really nice shot. You can almost read the mind of the sea otter. Good timing.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-07-17 23:46]

Hi Tage
Above all great POV with both bird and otter in the DOF. Almost monochrome, which gives a nice touch to the image

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-07-20 17:21]

Hello Tage,
Fantastic capture with great composition, focus and exposure. I have a question to pose to you do you think the gull woke him on purpose thinking he maybe drifting too far from the raft and may be in danger.

What a strange scene.
This raises more questions than answers to me.
Why would a bird helps an otter?
Could it be that the bird see the otter feet as food? A gull would definately scavenge on a dead otter. Could it be the bird dares to approach a single otter but not a large group of otters?
I'm puzzled.

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