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 Post subject: My first river otter!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:41 pm 
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I've gotten exactly 4 previous shots of a river otter - two from a trip to Disney world with a P&S camera that was only of his head out of the water, and two from a neighbor's backyard from nearly 60 feet away while testing a lens.

So finally, despite knowing they live all around my area, I got the opportunity to catch some real, closeup shots of a river otter while at my local wetlands reserve a few weeks back. All shots Sony A550 & Tamron 200-500mm lens.

This guy was eating a fish in the shallows near the shore:
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Gnawing down:
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Then he decided to pop out of the water and have a rest on the shore and dry off:
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He sat around looking well-fed and happy in the warm sun:
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A closeup view as he noticed me taking his pictures, and got ready to jump back in the water:
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sweet!!! awesome Zack

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Love that 2nd shot, well done.


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Awesome!!

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Thanks guys. As you can see quite obviously, the light was horrible - sun straight above, no branches to filter, horrible flat shadows straight down...but I'm not one to lok a gift horse in the mouth - I never get to see otters out in the open like that, and I'll always prefer to get the shots in ugly light than to not get them at all!

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the light was horrible - sun straight above, no branches to filter, horrible flat shadows straight down..


Sounds like you left Fla. for a day of shooting :lol: :lol:
If it has good eating/hunting there it may well stick around for a while but they have a huge range normally.

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I know! Usually the wetlands and Florida are great for light - time of day helps of course, but even at noon there's usually so much foliage filtering the light that you still end up with some nice warmer tones and less harshness. This otter was so out in the open that there was no cover or shade, and it was quite early in the afternoon when I spotted him.

I looked out for him last week, but no luck. I'll be trying again today. I do see otters often - my city has lots of canals linking the ponds, lakes, swamp, and ocean, along with our intercoastal waterways, so otters are not an unusual sight - but almost always in residential areas and almost always in the water so it's just a head shot.

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