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Shouting Otter

Shouting Otter
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Copyright: teunie polak (wuta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-02-02
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Olympus C-740 UZ
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Intimate Portraits [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-25 13:06
Viewed: 7086
Points: 100
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for their dense fur has been the main conservation risk for many otter species, but the European otter faces another threat. The increasing intensification of farming across Europe in the 20th century provoked many hunters to illegall

The European Otter, Lutra lutra, is a European member of the Mustelidae or weasel family, and is typical of freshwater otters. It may also be known as the Eurasian river otter, common otter, or Old World otter. For the rest of this article 'otter' will refer specifically to the European otter, although the information may be applicable to other otter species.

The European otter is the most widely distributed otter species, the name being something of a misnomer, as the species' range includes parts of Asia and Africa, as well as being spread across Europe. The otter is believed to be extinct in Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Otters are now very common along the coast of Norway and in Northern Britain, especially Shetland where 12% of the UK breeding population exist[citation needed].

An otter's diet mainly consists of fish but can also include birds, insects, frogs, crustaceans and sometimes small mammals. In general this opportunism means they may inhabit any unpolluted body of freshwater, including lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, as long as there is good supply of food. Otters may also live along the coast, in salt water, but require regular access to freshwater to clean their fur.

Otters are strongly territorial, living alone for the most part, with individual's home ranges varying between 1-40 km, with about 18 km being usual, depending on the density of food available. Males and females will breed at any time of the year when mating takes place in water. After a gestation period of about 63 days 1-4 pups are born, which remain dependent on the mother for a year. The male plays no role in parental care, because a few days before the young otters are born, the female otter begins to bite her partner until the male otter leaves. Otherwise the male otter would probably eat his young generation, because he is not able to tell the difference between rats and new born otters.

This photo I took in the Rotterdam Zoo with my husband Jaap {Carper} I hope you like it . Merry Cristmas and Happy new Year to you all.

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Hello Teunie,
This is a great capture of this Otter!
It is a very sharp and wonderful action shot! I like the fact that you caught him with its mouth open. Wonderful close-up! Thanks,

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-12-25 13:54]

machig mooie kop Teunie,
Ja ik was erbij en ik weet nog dat jij de hele tijd erbij bleef tot het beest zijn bek opendeed. erg goed werk. vrolijk Pasen
gr. jaap

Hallo Teunie,

Prachtig shot van deze Otter
ik heb hier ook vrij lang gestaan voor een leuk plaatje
je hebt hem(haar) er perfect op staan
goede timing, scherpte, details en schitterend oog contact

TFS en een fijne kerst

Hello Teunie,
This is an awesome portrait of this otter.
You catched this scene so well, I like a lot the POV used and the sharp details on the fur got.
Good composed, and I like a lot the frame used.
Congratulations and Merry Christmas to you too!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-25 15:02]

Hi Teunie.
Perfect pose, captured moment and very expressive POV. Great DOF, sharpness and details of this Furious animal. I like the composition and framing of your shot so much. Excellent job and my compliments.

Hi Teunie,
it's a wonderful "action-shot", I like the mine of this cute animal so much.
I also like your low POV, it makes me smile, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Very threatful! Beautiful species, uncommon shot! So clooose also.
Thank you Teunie

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-25 17:46]

Hi Teunie

What an amazing portrait!
The pose here is amazing and the timing of your shot impeccable!
Also the fromtal POV is great and the sharpness of the details very nice.
Very well done!

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays to you and you husband!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-12-25 18:52]

Hi Teunie,

Superb capture of this beautiful Otter, very nice composition and POV and I love the open mouth pose, looks like he is ready for a Fish, very nice details with great fur and a smashing set of Whiskers, Great work.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2006-12-26 1:57]

Hallo Teunie,

Ik geloof niet dat u deze Otter beter kon fotograferen, met zijn kleine muil open zijn tanden bloot, en dan nog de ogen meenemen ook, dit is zeer mooi gedaan, en visje zou hij wel lusten volgens ik zie, en de focus is ook prachtig geslaagd.

Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Groeten en veel beterschap,

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-26 2:39]

Hello Teunie,
Wonderful otter portrait.I liked POV,expression on face.Clear details,moment you caught and composition a lot.Happy New Year to you and Jaap!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-26 3:10]
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Hi Teunie

Wow, another great shot for your ever improving portfolio. This is brilliant 'in-your-face' stuff. Ha-ha-ha, looks like this guy did not like Jaap's hat, or shirt, or shoes, or whatever (chuckle) since it doesn’t seem to be saying, “Howdy neighbour, nice to see you again”. Quite the contrary, it rather gives the impression that it said something like; “Don’t you rather want to go and visit the Two-toed Sloth next-door.

Sorry for using the ‘wow’ word again, but these facial details and all those whiskers are absolutely sharp and spot-on. The close crop works very well with this composition. The colours are great, the BG is complimentary, and the exposure was on the button.

Great work and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-12-26 3:41]

Hello Teunie,
At first thanks for your grettings and I wish you a Healthy and Happy New Year !
Nice portrait for this funny otter. I like its expression ;-) DOF and sharpness are excellent. Perhaps few noise in the OOF part but not a problem...
Congratulations and TFS.

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  • kojak Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 36 W: 0 N: 19] (163)
  • [2006-12-26 4:16]

Beautiful sharp picture of this magnificent animal.
Very nice expression.

Groetjes, G.

Hoi Teunie,
Wat een super mooie foto. Vooral de uitdrukking is perfect. Iets wat ik graag zie in een dieren foto. Erg mooi detail en kleuren in the kop van de otter.

:) morgen

Hi Teunie,
An excellent frame filling portrait shot on this Otter. You caught a good pose. Beautiful colors and sharp detail. Looks really great!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-26 14:01]

Hi Teunie

Wonderful shot! Excellent sharp details, great pose and a lovely POV. A lot of action going on here



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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-12-27 1:52]

Great POV, Teunie.
What fantastic details on the face.
Open mouth, whiskers, sharp teeth... all in very sharp focus.
Great moment caught.
TFS. : )

Bonjour Teunie
Une excellente photo en portrait de cette belle loutre qui n'a pas l'air d'apprécier de servir de model.Les couleurs sont justes et parfaitements exposées ainsi que les détails.. Félicitations pour la belle composition.

Merci et bravo...JP

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-27 17:09]

Excellent close up Teunie with sharpness and wonderful point of view.

I like it a lot: composition, POV, sharpness, DOF, focus, colors, lighting, background, framing, notes

I like it: frame.

I don't like it: nothing to grumble.

An interesting presentation with great opportunism in the shot.
My best wishes for the 2007... Ricardo

Well done Teunie.
Very expressive/aggressive posturing and well captured. I like the composition, detail, POV, and framing here :)
Happy New Year!

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-12-28 16:50]

Hi Teunie!
Your "beast" is so cute - like most of the small hunters! Your sharpness and colors are remarkable!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-28 22:33]

Hello Teunie

A great shot of this otter.The POV and DOF are awesome.I love the expression on the otter's face.Well timed and with good sharp details.The colours are well saturated.TFS


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-29 10:37]

Hi Teunie,
wow this one looks dangorous... great timing. Very well captured and excellent crop. Love the details and the wonderful sharpness.
Happy New Year..Sky

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  • NellyD Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
  • [2006-12-30 13:27]

Hoi Teunie,

Wat een prachtige foto van deze otter!
En wat een moment om de foto te maken, met zijn bek open, heel grappig en goed gezien.
Mooie kleuren, goeie scherpte en details.
Een hele fijne jaarwisseling :-)

Groetjes, Nel

This is a great capture Teunie. It is an attention getting pose. Nice composition/close crop. On my monitor the image appears a little oversharpened and therefore a little harsh and contrasty. I played with it in a workshop. You will probably think it is too soft. Otters have nice soft fur and the original looks a little prickly to me.

Evelynn : )

Hello Teunie,
this is a great portrait shot from the Otter. I like it very much. Great POV, DOF, framing and sharpness. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting. I wish you and your husband a Happy New Year, Good Luck and Health.

Exelent capture. Good quality. Good pose. Nice expresion. Good exposition and DOF.

Hi teunie, great shot, great moment, well done, cheers, Luís.

bonjour teunie

superbe photo belle composition belle netteté bravo


Nice catch good POV and nice contrast and colours the DOF looks good and well composed rgds Necip.

Hello Teunie.
What a strong capture you have done here!
It is a very impressing shout, showing the powerful canines of this beautiful animal.
Good quality too, thanks and of course my best wishes for 2007 to you too :)
Regards, Felipe.

Mooi plaatje, Teunie.
Heb er vandaag ook gefotografeerd. Of geprobeerd toch...in de gietende regen.
Heel expressief, scherpe tandjes...
Goede compo en mooie kleuren.
Bedankt en fijn weekend.

Hello Teunie,
Nicely catched! Superb moment, it really looks as if it was shouting. I like the tight framign and POV a lot! Nice details and colours too.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-01-07 14:24]

Hello Teunie, this has lots of character and the expression you captured is very good. Very nice work.

bonjour teunie
j'aime beaucoup l'l'impression de colere qui se degage de ce cliché,la loutre n'a pas l'air heureuse de poser pour vous,mais la reussite est bien la.

Hi, Teunie.
Very angry expression. I don't want to fight with this guy. Good color and sharpness.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-01-14 14:10]

Hi Teunie.
Wow....It's but very angry animal.
Amazing very close-up.Excellent capture moment.Great POV and fine sharp details and nice colours.
Congratulate, this is perfect work.TFS
Greetings Milos

A great photograph, Love the detail and colour.
Well done..

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-01-20 16:44]

hello teunie
interesting portrait photo. i looks like angry. composition, point of view, lighting, colours, sharpness, details and note are great

Hi Teunie,
Greatly capturing this action...
Well focused, very sharp.
Nice DoF.
Superb shot.

Ben Lakitan

Wonderful image, Teunie. Such a great pose by the otter, maybe a touch overexposed on the fur but otherwise perfect.

Well seen!


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-01-27 17:40]

Hi Teunie,
A nice shot, I love watching these animals, they have a real sense of fun :-) Nice detail and good colours, good DOF too. A little noise but nothing that neatimage couldn't fix. More nice work from you!
Best regards, hi to Jaap

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-01-28 1:23]

Hello teunie,
Great close up picture of this otter head.
Great position, color (witth its red mouth), sharpness and background

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-30 17:21]

Teunie, this is really great.

An excellent moment, an excellent photo.

Great sharpness and composition. I like the redish shades too.

Hello Teunie! This little guy looks to be quite bothered--hope there was a cage between the two of you! Great closeup, nicely framed! Glad you captured his little webbed foot as well. Very interesting note. Very good action shot, and look at all those whiskers! Well done! Thank you, Linda

Hi Teunie,

Beautiful close up of this wild animal, very sharp and clear. TFS


hello Teunie,
Great shot! I like very much the fiery expression in the otter face. Interesting and nice photo.

Hello Teunie,
I love this shot! He does seem to be yelling at something or someone! I love the colors and the composition is superb! Very nice framing.

Take care,
Bettina Marie =0)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-15 15:13]

Hello Teunie ! That's a great shot of that Otter, you took it at the perfect moment, well done, thanks !


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2008-03-24 17:23]

Hi Teunie,
Very nice portrait! Great detail and colours.

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