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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: 2006-08-19
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Kodak EasyShare Z740
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Animals of the BWC [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 13:45
Viewed: 10175
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 116
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was a very quick capture as I wasn't expecting him to do this. This picture was taken at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. I saw this otter moving around in the long grass and reeds by one of the lakes. I was watching him but wasn't taking any pictures as he was mostly covered up when suddenly he stood up. It was only for a split second but I managed a quick shot.

Otter facts from the forestry commission:
The otter's main habitat is along the sea shore and the banks of rivers, lakes and streams. They are territorial and their territories cover 1 - 3 km along the sea shore and 5 - 20 km along freshwater rivers and lakes. Otters do not migrate and live in their territories all year round.

Males (dogs) and females (bitches) first breed when they reach 2 years old. There is no breeding 'season', although in some areas breeding has been seen to take place in spring. It depends on the availability of food and habitat. In the wild, an average of 1 - 2 young are born in each litter.

In the wild, an average of 1 - 2 young survive to adulthood. Males and females become independent when they reach 18 months.

Otter's main food is small fish and crabs, but they are carnivores and will eat almost anything that is easy to catch, including birds on both the water and the shore, small mammals and larger fish such as dogfish.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-24 13:46]

a very nice shot Karan,
the composition has a fine balance, the pov is realy great and the details are fantastic, very good photojob, my compliments for it.
gr. jaap

Hello Karan,
A curious guy well captured after the swim!
Very well composed image, I love the way he pops out of the corner...
Good details and lovely colours, good work!
Pablo -

Hi Karan,
What a great moment ou've captured. Looks like he saw or heard something. The composition with the otter on one side and the reed is beautiful. Great colors and details.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2006-08-24 14:34]

Qu'elle a l'air curieuse cette loutre !
Bonne journée.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-08-24 14:40]

Allright there - great capture!

Really fine compo - how did you get that close to him?!


hi karan
j'aime bien l'hatitude de cette loutre,cliché pris au bon moment.bravo.

HI Karan,
soooo cute, what a lovely moment, very good, I like it thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • graz Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 26] (216)
  • [2006-08-24 15:07]

lovely shot karan,i love the composition and great details aswell.TFS.

Hello Karan,
pose is excellent, great work. Very good sharpness, details, colours and composition. Thanks for sharing.

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  • eleana Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 206 W: 80 N: 75] (2247)
  • [2006-08-24 15:40]

Hi Karan,
thanks for this wonderful shot, I like your POV a lot! The colours are nice and details are really great!


Hello Karan,
Amazing species you captured! The pose is wonderful with your pov and framing. What a catch indeed, exceptional one! BRAVO for this superb post!

Hi Karen!
Excelente picture!!! Great composition, very nice detail with a lovely colours! Wonderful!!
Well done!


This is a different pose for an otter. Nice capture and nice colors.

Salut karan
Très belle photo que ce belle loutre. Beau cadrage , belle composition les détails et les couleurs sont belles.
Merci et au revoir ....JP

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-25 1:26]

What a lovely shot that you have well done ! I like this cute Otter, she seems curious. Pose, POV, composition, colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good.
Congratulations Karan and thanks for sharing.

Good morning Karan,
Just time for a quick visit.
Nice capture. have a great weekend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-25 3:35]

Hello Karan!

Definitelly one of my favourite animals. Great picture, really. What I like? Pose and composition. Green water and plants made excellent composition with this funny otter.

When I saw this picture, I thought that's BWC. I was there in July on an TN outing.

I like the way you have positioned the otter off to one side and you were very lucky to catch this one.

nicely done and TFS

:-) tomorrow.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-25 6:18]

Bonjour Karan!

Félicitations pour cette belle prise nature.


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-25 8:17]

Hello Karan,
you little friend seems to be very curious. Excellent timing you captured a wonderful pose. POV, sharpness and details are wonderful. Very well composed and presented.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-25 9:37]

Nice composition Karan with appropriate framing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Composition: *****
Sharpness: ****
Color: ****
Lighting ****
DOF: ****
POV: *****
Note: ****

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-25 19:48]

Hi Karan
Nice portrait shot. Good colours, sharpnes, light DOF and POV.
Well done Karam


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-08-26 5:18]

Hi Karan,
good portrait, excellent shot. I like the colours and composition. Funny pose. Interesting note. Well done photo.
Gr., Aleksander

It looks very wild, most pictures from captive situations are extreme close-ups. I like this one.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-08-27 12:02]

Hehe, this is a funny pose. I like these animals. The composition is very good and the exposure is spot on. Sharp focus and good POV. Well done & TFS!


Hello Karan! Wonderful capture of him up on his hind legs--how lucky you are to have caught him like this. Wonderfully composed, I like the softness of the photo and the slinky lines of his profile. Very good notes. Well done! Linda

Charming pose, and a very nice shot technically. Excellent composition. Good exposure and contrast.
Well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-29 20:36]

Hi Karan

Great capture.This is a lovely portrait of this otter.You have composed it very well.Nice colours and details.Excellent POV and DOF.What can I say...right place at the right time ! perfect timing! TFS


Hi Karan,
Excellent shot, good portrait and composition .

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-09-16 14:54]

Hi Karan, very good capture, the pose of this Otter is splendid. Great composition and perfect colors too. Well seen and well done, regards, Didier.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-09-20 16:58]


Wonderful capture, I have river Otters near by and at the coast, Sea Otters, they have so much fun. Did I say what a wonderful shot this is? I like it a lot.


Hi, Ester. Great capture, I just love these little animals they are so playful. Good composition and colour. Regards, Roy.

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2006-09-26 15:09]

Hello Karan,

Congratulations for having take this great picture of this otter! Not easy to do because they are very quick! You did an excellent composition too and luckily got a great pov! I like very much its posture! Great picture and TFS,


Great Otter shot. It looks like he is scouting for something. Nice framing.

Splendid shot!
Sharpness, POV, details, compo and colors are all excelent!

Hi Karan,

You certainly captured a really interesting shot in that split second. Good details and framing.



Hi Karan
We all know how fast something disappear from our view when we take the camera, so these photos worth more for the moment itself than for the technical quality and detail. It's nice. In my opinion, you could reduce a little bit the yellow level and increase a very small red level, giving a better colour contrast and make it still better. But is great, anyway. Thanks for sharing.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-10-21 11:51]

bonjour Karan,

vous avez saisi votre change, et cela à payer. La pose de la loutre est tout à fait en harmonie avec la verticale de herbes.



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-21 13:24]

Hi Karan
I love this funny creatures and I like very much your picture. It has a good pov and composition.
Best wishes

Hi Karan,
Nice shot, lovely colours. TFS


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-11 8:28]

Karan what cute shot!!!..Love the pose&good Compo&DOF!!

Hi Karan, great capture, very beautiful photo and interesting note, ciao Silvio

Hi Karan
It is starting to depress me to see all these great photos and realise how muchI still have to learn. This ittle guy is very cute.
I love the detail around the head, the wiskers, matted har etc.
Great shot! TFS

Hello Karan,
Una simpática y bella nutria, me gusta como espía a través de los pastos. Buenos colores y fondo lleno de agua. Interesante nota.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2007-01-01 19:27]

Very lovely picture, Karan! Love the posture and the composition a lot! Grat colour and details, congrats,

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  • zoso68 (21)
  • [2007-01-28 19:51]

nice shot Karan. Great POV you took this picture in the right moment. Congratulations

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-02-12 19:58]

Hello Karan,
Otters are one of my favourite animals so thanks a lot for this shot. Interesting, quick but successful capture of this beautiful animal.
Best greetings,

Wow, great POV and nice BG too.

Hi Karan,
Very nice capture, I really like this photograph! The composition and POV are excellent. Details and colours are great. Well done Karan.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-02-18 17:07]

Hi Karan. Very fine capture of this otter. You timed this very well to have him standing so tall as this. Very well cropped for maximum effect. Murray.

A split second can make al the difference! What a difference!
I love the setting! The harsh marsh sedges and the wet otter!
Both stretched to the max.
Well seen, and shot. ;j.

Hello Karan.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Karan,

really nice pose of the otter, good and right timing, I guess he looking some food, excellent POV, great detail and focus, great notes also, TFS

Hello Karan!
You were really lucky! It is not only a fast animal but difficult to see and observe! Great documentary photo and interesting composition. Bravo for keeping natural pose of the otter. I also like note which is very informative and educational.
Best withes,

Hi Karan,

very good "portrait" of this nice animal, well taken



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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-15 12:42]

Hello Karan,
Zapping through your work I met this beauty. It was before the time I knew TN. A photo with a fantastic composition, excellent colours and sharpness.

Hi Karan
Nice photo with nice colours

Great capture of this preety and curious animal.Good work.Regards.Alin.

really wonderful!!
for scene and details...and obviously for the extremly cute and interesting subject !


Realy this is a nice shot. light condition is ideal. Notes are very infomative.

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