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The Nature of Otters

The Nature of Otters
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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: 2008-02-29
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-03-27 11:33
Viewed: 3199
Points: 50
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here we have a nice picture of an otter looking sweet. On the weekend I was watching the other side of their nature - ruthless hunters.

The otters at the BWC have been known to take down anything that lands on their lake (even a heron and a canadian goose). On Saturday I saw a moorhen arrive on the bank of the lake. The otter spotted it at the same time I did. It swam the length of the lake and caught it. The moorhen escaped 3 times and was caught again each time. The otter then dragged it into the lake and under the water. After playing with it for a while she dragged it to the far side of the lake and started to eat it.

Please see the WORKSHOP
for a photo. The quality of the shot isn't good as it was hailing and I couldn't get the shutter speed or DOF I needed event with a higher ISO. This was also on the far side of the lake.

nglen, NinaM, boreocypriensis, CeltickRanger, Juyona, jmp, jaycee, gracious, Luis52, Proframe, mariki, Alex99, vanderschelden has marked this note useful
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Hi Karan,
nice shot with good sharpness. the otter looks so cute.
Nice composition and colors.
TFS Tatjana

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-03-27 11:49]

Hi karen . As you say a cute looking Otter to you read the notes , but he still looks cute all the same. thats nature, you have captured this one with fine detail and colours. a very good low poc. well done TFS.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-27 12:09]

Hi Karan

Great shot of the Cute Otter and great note and workshop about there more ruthless hunter side (Poor Moorhen), I like the central frontal POV with the foreground grass and BG foilage, nice detail too and colours too.


Hello Karan,
A 'sweet' image. One the keywords in your images...is sweet:-)
Well done

Hello Karan,
Of course this is a superb capture of an aotter looking sweet friend! Tour capture is splendid in all respects. TFS. Regards,


hello Karan

lovely close-up shot of this Otter, i love your low POV
at the level of the subject, great sharpness and details of the Otter,



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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-03-27 14:53]

Hola Karan,
you have handsome friends,:))
attractive capture and definition, beautiful scene, and pov,

Hi Kaan,
splendid shot,
focus is perfect, very nice colours and excellent composition,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-27 15:32]

Hi Karan,
A perfect portrait of this otter, from a low pov. Good details and perfect composition. I like a lot the WS!
TFS, Josť M.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-03-27 15:47]

Hi Karan,

He looks too cute and too sweet to be so naughty. But that is nature! Two wonderful shots with great details and fine details. The workshop captures the action perfectly.


Hello Karan,
Superb and lovely image of this beautiful Otter. TFS and regards,

Hi Karan,
oh my gosh this is toooo cute!! Great low POV and what an expression on his face! Great shot. TFS

Hello Karan,
Excellent composition with a head on pose of the Otter!
good low pov in perfect sharpness, good colour and details
well done and many thanks once again

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-27 18:00]

Hola Karan.
Muy bella la foto de esta "Nutria" Nunca he tenido la oportunidad de verlas en sus ambiente Natural. Es muy agradadable la presentacion, con alta calidad fofografica.
Saludos Karan.

Hello Karan,

Superb capture of this cute otter. Very good POV, DOF, and sharpness. Nice composition too. I like the playful glimpse of its eyes, it seems to say "come and play with me". Very nice colours.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-28 3:34]

What a superb shot of this Otter Karan!
That's quite a shocking story in your note! I didn't think they'd take down birds as big as a Heron!
Anyway back to the pic :-)
Sharp and crisp with excellent detail.
Nice lighting and even exposure.
Very good POV as well.
Nice work!

Hi Karan,

This is a wonderful shot of the Otter, but I like the workshop one as much as this one.
That one also, like this one, does show great detail and in my opinion is as sharp as can be.
You've done an excellent job on both Karan. TFS!!!

Best regards, Harry

P/S Out of :) will be back tomorrow.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-28 10:33]

Hi Karabn This is very nice shot with good sharpness.
great composition
well done.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-03-28 10:34]

Wow, Karan, they are big your otters! I have never thought they could be as big as that, how impressed I am! The picture with the moorhen impressed me a lot and it is very well captured. This one too, with the perfect dof and the beautiful colours notwithstanding the overcasted sky we can guess. There are otters in the Lac Pierre, here, but they are so tiny compared to this one. Thanks a lot for your interesting notes once more,


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-03-28 11:26]

Hi Karan.
Perfect and very impressive low POV. You managed to show this charming animal amazingly. I like expression of its eyes, wonderful reproduction of the grass and cute smooth nicely coloured BG. I like framing and composition of the picture so much too. My best wishes and compliments.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-28 21:11]

Hello Karan

A lovely view of this cute and playful otter.I just love to watch otters play.I always tell my wife if I get to come back as an animal,let it be an otter.
Excellent low POV and DOF.
The lighting and colours are super.
Wonderful eye contact.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-28 21:25]

Hi Karan,
Wonderful portrait shot and eye contact. The sharp details and natural colours on its fur look marvellous and I like your low POV to portray it. Excellent DOF and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Cute to look at, but as you say, they are a predator. Nice "eye level" shot here with good POV and details in the fur. I must get down to the BWC again soon!

(I was at the Owl and Otter Sanctuary near Lyndhurst in the New Forest once, and as we looked into the underwater viewing window a severed rabbit head quietly floated past)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-29 2:28]

Hello Karan,
Two wonderful photos of this Otter. The one in the WS is also exciting.
Fantastic low POV with perfect sharpness. FG and BG are excellent. Beautiful natural colours.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-30 14:35]

hello karan
good capture and cute pose
i like composition, point of view, light, colours, sharpness and details
thanks for sharing

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