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Sssshhhh....we're sleeping

Sssshhhh....we're sleeping
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX APO RF, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-23 2:05
Viewed: 4319
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Note updated 28th September

Also known as the Oriental Small Clawed Otter or the Malaysian Small Clawed Otter. The Asian Short Clawed Otter is the smallest of all otters, measuring a mere 65-90cm, and hardly ever reaching 5kg. Unlike the Eurasian Otter its front feet are only partially webbed, but it has short claws for digging in the mud and lifting rocks. If you ever get close to an Asian Short Clawed Otter take a look at its front feet closely: they are masters at using these front paws to catch prey, and are the only mammals other than the primates to use these with almost human dexterity. They are very group orientated, and as many as 15 can be seen together although it is more common to find groups of 4-8. Their birdlike squeaks help them to locate each other in the wild, but their social vocabulary goes much further than this and they have developed something like 12 or more different calls.

Research has shown that the groups are composed of a dominant pair together with offspring from successive litters and it is thought that the males and females pair for life. They have large litters of 4 or 5 cubs, and can produce 2 litters per year, with commonly both parents bringing up the young; however, unlike the Eurasian Otter they are not very good at rearing these young.

Asian Short Clawed Otters live in a variety of diverse habitats from mangrove swamps to small streams and marshy areas, searching for crabs and small fish. They are largely nocturnal, returning to the cover of the bankside vegetation during the day.

Troubles exist in Asia for these otters: they are killed for their pelts and for their organs which are believed to have medicinal value. Also there are threats due to pollution and habitat destruction. The activities of many western logging companies result in siltation of the waterways and damage to streams used by these otters.

Conservation status: Insufficently known. Much information is based on old records and new data is urgently needed.

Size: 65-90cm
Gestation: 9 weeks
litter size: 4-5 cubs
Weight: 2.7 to 5.4 kg

Diet: Crabs, Molluscs and other bottom living organisms.

Threats: there is still a demand for live specimens for pets and zoos; hunted for furs; habitat destruction is becoming an increasing problem.

Notes taken from www.otter.org

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Thanks for looking, have a good day and a great weekend.

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Hi Alan,
Very cute!
Excellent sharpness, great composition.

Lol.. loads of awww factor here. The otters are nice, it would have been nicer if one was looking at the camera with open eyes, but we can't have everything. Have a good weekend too.

This is a great shot! these guys are usually running all over the place non-stop. Paul :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-23 2:44]

Oh Alan. That is a truly wonderful shot. Too cute! The composition is precious. Sharpness and light are excellent to boot. Well done and TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-23 3:34]

What a nice and interesting sleeping family that you have well captured ! They seem so quiet, the live is hard there ;-) Thanks for sharing my friend.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-23 3:49]

Hi Alan, still so busy?
You improved your photo skill very much! This picture is good example. For me it's perfect! Moment, composition, quality - all excellent. And animals are very cute :-)

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-09-23 4:25]

Bonjour Alan, superbe cette photo de famille !! Toutes mes félicitations Didier.

Different and interesting capture Alan, good sharpness and well composed shot. 6/10 Well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-23 6:53]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful capture.Moment you caught,details,lighting,POV and composition are excellent.Very well done!TFS...:-)

Hi Alan,
A great shot, The cutness factor is very high on this one. Excellent job with light, colors, and detail. Well Done!

This is quick Alan, I have to catch a flight out. Well deserved :-)

Alan, that´s a very fine shot. Excellent details and good tones of colour. I like otters. A great capture, very well done. Have a great weekend.

Hi Alan,
How cute they are.
Great shot with superb colours and great sharpness

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-09-24 20:28]

This is very cute photo Alan.
Nice sharpness,focus,frame and POV.TFS

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-09-25 17:04]

Hi Alan
Very cute shot and appropriate title. Nice sharpness and pretty light. Great BG.
Regards Toni

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-09-25 18:12]

Alan, this is really very nice.

Excellent compositon, pov and bg. Great sharpness and exposure, so that the details upon the fur can be fully appreciated.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-09-25 23:55]

Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: to follow...
Thank you Alan.

Hi Alan

Cute group. Must have had a hard night. Sleeping off the after effects! Good sharpness and details. Nice light. Good work. Thanks.

Wow, Alan, another spectacular shot. And this isn't even with the new equipment. The sharpness and lighting are spot on! Thanks for sharing my friend.


P.S. Where is the "note to follow this evening" LOL!!!

Hello Alan!
Very nice capture.Details,POV,framing and composition are wonderful.Thanks for sharing.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2006-01-03 20:08]

Hello Alan,
Perfect shot of these cute furry creatures. Reminds me the spirit of Gavin Maxwell's books...
Best greetings,

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-21 12:52]

Hi Alan,

I been searching the archeives again, and spotted this great shot, how cute are these guys, the composition is superb and the detail is nice and sharp with great natural colours.

TFS Hilary :o)

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