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The Lookout

The Lookout
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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, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-09-28 12:15
Viewed: 4186
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Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another otter shot from Whipsnade wild animal park. while taking a few shots of them sleeping, this little one was keeping an eye on what I was up to.

This will be my last post for a week or so. I have so much to do at the moment and The sooner this workload is complete, the sooner I can get back to spending more time here on TN with you wonderful people.
I've also been out and purchased a 20D, so I hope I'll get a chance to get some good nature shots to share with you all.

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

Thanks for looking, see you all soon.

TAZ, Runnerduck, red45, dew77, Janice, deud, wallhalla15, sAner, scottevers7, sway, marhowie, coasties, Fisher, Luc, cedryk, gerhardt, halki, Comandante has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-09-28 12:45]

This new version is nice too. This point of view is unusual and well think. Thanks Alan, it is well done !

A lovely shot Alan, what a cutie.
I love the tight crop with them all huddled together.
I (personally) feel the image is a tad soft, at least on the main otter.
A great image, thanks for posting and try not to work too hard.

Another great capture, Alan! This may not be as sharp as the last one but the expression on his face is priceless!

I'll miss you while you're gone, my favorite subject of the Queen!


P.S. If you would settle down on all that partying and football, you wouldn't have so much work to catch up on, LOL!!!

Cute shot Alan, I like how the main subject is surrounded by his buddies. It looks like an interlocking otter puzzle. Paul :)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-09-28 16:33]

Hi Alan!

I hope you'll return soon after hard work [and don't forget to watch England vs. Poland in Manchester ;-)]. Another picture with bunch of cute animals, with great moment and composition. Superb work in my oppinion!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-29 1:08]

That is the cutest thing, Alan. You sure caught the moment of this little one peeking out of his bed of otters. Sharp details, good light, excellent POV and composition. TFS. : )
Good luck on getting all your work done. Do come back as soon as you can. : )

Excellent captured moment, Alan.
Very good composed, great colour and frame.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-09-29 3:48]

Hello Alan!
An artistic capture,well seen and composed.Sharpness,details,POV,framing and composition are excellent.TFS....:-)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-09-29 5:17]

Nice one Alan! It looks like my grandson when I'm trying to get him to sleep! Wonderful shot, colours and details all perfect. Thankyou.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2005-09-29 9:20]

make room! it's so poulated here. very well seen. great pov and dof. excellent work. tfs

Hi Alan!
I don't have enough time to write a decent comment ;) but the big smiley is, no doubt, well deserved here :)

//I love such shots - whole frame filled with animals. The photo looks exceptional with the focus on one otter, lovely colours and details. I like it very much//

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

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2005-09-29 17:47]

Very good image, congratulation for your new 20 D and come back soon with nice photos.
Regards Rose

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-02 9:29]

Hi my friend! How are you doing!? How's the soccerseason getting along? Ajax isn't doing well at all ... :( Luckily the Orange squad is! :)

Your picture is great and I especially like the composition. Very well done! How close were you? Exposure is spot on. This is just a very good picture. No nits whatsoever! TFS!


Hi Alan,
A great composition to catch the otter looking at you, and then filling the surrounding frame with the other otters. Nice work!

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-10-05 3:48]

HI Alan,
I like this shot and the otter looking at me while all the others are not concerned.
Your focus is perfect on the subject and your DOF works well to isolate him
Great work

Great title and photo Alan. I like the lookout seen surrounded in this sea of fur. Interesting shot. Thank You.

Hello Alan

Nice POV. Good colours and sharpness. Detail is spot on. Nicely composed. Well done. Thanks.

Hi Alan,

Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.
Cute momment captured, excellent work.


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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-15 13:16]

Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Power of evocation in me: strong.
Very good visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you Alan.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-15 17:06]

Alan, how nice you posted another shot.

I do like it.

Excellent pov; f/5.6 really worked well here.

Great sharpness too.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-10-16 19:21]

Perfect portrait. I like the crowded surroundings :-) TFS! Michal

This is well seen Alan, great idea. Th ecrowd does not bother me but adds to the interest factor. I could be nitpicking but I beleive the center subject could be a little sharper. Well done.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-17 6:00]

Hello Alan!
Wonderful composition.POV,details,idea and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Alan!
This one is also wonderful.I liked pose of otters,sharpness,details,POV and composition very much.Thanks for sharing.

This shot is really lovely. I like the way you've filled the frame with the otters' bodies. That would be impossible with my feeble 200mm lens ;) All the brown with nothing else in the frame gives it a warm and cosy feeling, if you know what I mean. One tim I can give you, though, is to do your USM BEFORE adding your frame, so you don't get a halo around the edge of the image.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-02-21 5:11]

Hi Alan,
I love this, excellent tight crop with that great little face peeking from the centre. I love these animals, born entertainers :-)

Very good composed, great colour and frame.

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