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I found these guys very tricky to capture well, particularly in the water where their subtle colours blend with the murky water. Nevertheless I did get a lot of reasonable shots of these incredibly endearing creatures at The British Wildlife Centre doing what they do best - being very, very lively.

The feed that you can see in several of these shots, fish heads, chicks and goat, had an obvious aphrodisiac effect as we lost them at the end of the session to doing what comes naturally out of camera range. Lets hope for babies as a result.

I just had to choose the fish head chomping action for the opening shot - just look at those teeth and whiskers! Please bear with all 14 shots and tell me which ones you like best. V14 includes a well known EPZ-er. See if you recognise her.

Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkII
Lens:EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Jul 2012 - 2:00 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.0
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Shutter speed priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:14 Otter Action Shots
Username:LynneJoyce LynneJoyce
Uploaded:9 Aug 2012 - 8:29 AM
Tags:Sports / action, Wildlife / nature
Votes:67
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cabbie
cabbie e2 Member 7cabbie vcard United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 - 8:40 AM

As usual Lynne you don't dissapoint 14 very well taken shots

Bob

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
9 Aug 2012 - 8:43 AM

Super set of images, particularly like V9 Lynne,
Fred.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43436 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 8:49 AM

You are certainly blessed with photographic talent in abundance but been given the opportunity to capture such beautiful creatures in their own environment. Version 14 certainly is the Gold Medal Winner.

Regards Nathan

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 8:54 AM

V.3 does it for me, Lynne, what a wonderful pose. Think I can guess who the ePZ'er is in V.14, is she a New Zealander?Wink Carol

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MoragM
MoragM  4 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 - 8:55 AM

Brilliant set - hard to choose a favourite, but love V2,3,4,8 and 9.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 9:04 AM

A fine set, Lynne, and a difficult choice in reaching a favourite, but V 4 and 9 must be strong competitors.
My guess the lady in V 14 has initials....L.K.?
Ronnie.

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Gypsyman
Gypsyman  4659 forum posts England
9 Aug 2012 - 9:33 AM

Gret set, well captured and presented. V6 and V10 for me. Eric.

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digital_boi
9 Aug 2012 - 9:34 AM

14 i would say was def LK v2 is my winner today but an all round fine set

GrahamGrinGrinGrin

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 9:46 AM

Who's eyeing who in V14? Both Lynn and the otter seem very relaxed. My very best favourite out of this superb set Lynne is V9.
Joan.

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achieverswales

Must say Lynne you have excelled yourself, all a joy to look at they all deserve a separate upload, if I have to choose I will go for V9 I love it, by the way I am cooking Fish Chicks and goat for my wife's dinner today, we live in hope, as you have Canon Gear this might be of interest to you, I know you have a very good following on here so might help them as well. It has come from my Camera Club.

Canon has released a major upgrade to the firmware of the 7D, which greatly improves its performance and adds new features. The upgrade is free and details are available from the following locations.

http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/System/Search.aspx?TcmUri=tcm:14-956383&Searc...
http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/Consumer_Products/products/cameras/Digital_SLR/EO...
http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/news/firmware_update_to_enhance_EOS_7D.do
http://www.dpreview.com/news/2012/06/28/Canon-EOS-7D-firmware-v2-major-update

All digital camera users should regularly check for updates to their camera.


Kindest regards

Trev.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:30 AM

V3,4,8,9 & 13 are my favourites.
I'm being rushed to go out so must look longer later.
Great images of a shy creature.
KateGrinGrinGrinGrin

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst e2 Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:35 AM

What a wonderful set..
That "foot" sticking out in V4 is to say a word ...yuk!
My favourite is V7... the stealthy way he is approaching whatever.... is just great for me.
And yes ... recognised that brilliant photographer straight away

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64536 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 12:15 PM

3, 5 and 9 for me today. But altogether a beautiful set. Smile
x

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 12:18 PM

Brilliant and very enjoyable to view.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 1:05 PM

What can I say eh?
Outstanding set Lynne really has to be V8 and 9 brilliant
This is the time that those really...really wet butts began!Wink
can see why in V14 now who can that be I wonder?
good DOF there too
Outstanding
Lillian

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 1:43 PM

A wonderful set.

Ann

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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 2:17 PM

Half a days viewing here Lynne but all of them deserving a good perusal.

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AnnJ
AnnJ e2 Member 3AnnJ vcard Scotland
9 Aug 2012 - 2:40 PM

I love the one you features..what teeth. Fantastic detail. Ann

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
9 Aug 2012 - 2:48 PM

I love them all but as a choice 3. 7. 9. 13.14. are favourite for me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 4:25 PM

V4 and V13 for me, but what an amazing set!
Carole

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 4:29 PM

V1 and v4 for me Lynne but they're all so well taken and presented.
Ann

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 5:31 PM

Could that be Lillian in V14 by any chance?! Wink I tried to photograph these creatures at Chester Zoo back 2007 but they're just too lively! Sad A wonderful set, Lynne, all delightful, but if I'd to choose a fave, V9 I think Smile
Trev Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 6:41 PM

HELLO, Lillian SmileSmile

Lynne, this is a super set. Ok...now you asked which ones I like the most: 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12.

Andrew

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 6:57 PM

v9 then v4 with the foot Grin. Didn't need any clues for v14 - the 5D MkIII and 100-400 lens gives it away TongueGrinGrin

Dave

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 7:43 PM

Recognized Lillian straight away Lynne.
The clue was the mention of ''wet butts'' in the past !!
Don't see too many otters on site,so good to see them here.
Don't fancy their diet for keeping them frisky though.
But if it works for them that's all that counts I suppose.
Fave is V9.Reckon it has a bit of a meerkat about it !!
Good set.
Mick.

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 - 9:18 PM

Beautiful set Lynne, got to be V4 for me, Peter..

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 9:36 PM

V4 for me but a difficult choice as they are all worthy of their own showing - excellent work as for V14 I know that lady no problem with IDWink

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UrbaneMagick
9 Aug 2012 - 9:41 PM

What a beautiful set!!

We have an otter literally in the river at the bottom of our road..but I've still not seen it & its driving me mad!!

GarethSmile

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:08 PM

They are all excellent shots, Lynne,. It's hard to pick up which one is... only from action point of view, I like V2 and V9, V2's ripple is beautiful, and the eyes are lovely, the image tell us Otter is coming...V9 made us wonder what the Otter was looking at...

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
9 Aug 2012 - 10:14 PM

a fantastic series Lynne, you made the very best of a unique opportunity!

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GarrathE
GarrathE e2 Member 6GarrathE vcard United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 - 11:00 PM

A lovely set. v8 for me.

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM

A very good set - v3 and v9 are my choices

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 8:29 AM

Xwang - unromantic it might be but the otter was looking straight at the lady with the bucket of fish heads, chicks and goat meat!

VanillaPenguin - get yourself a bucket of fish heads, chicks and goat meat and you might just entice them out.

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gingerdelight
10 Aug 2012 - 10:33 AM

A stunning set - love them all but especially Vs 3 and 9. Well captured!
Carol

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 6:00 PM

Is that U in V14 ? The most interesting fact about an Otter is their stomach muscles. A great set.

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2012 - 6:02 PM

These are all wonderful, a classic collection.
jon

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 3WesternRed vcard Australia
11 Aug 2012 - 5:50 AM

In these 14 action shots of an otter there must be some of the best ever taken.
You patience and skill has certainly come to the forefront Lynne.
Well done. WesternRed.

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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2012 - 6:45 AM

Now Lass,what superb work and every one a winner and under the available lighting condition she have shown your prowess with the camera indeed.

Rock

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Aug 2012 - 8:46 AM

What a superb set Lynne excellent presentation..Lin

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jaktis
jaktis e2 Member 1082 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
11 Aug 2012 - 5:08 PM

A great set of images

Peter

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exposure
exposure e2 Member 101537 forum postsexposure vcard England
12 Aug 2012 - 11:32 AM

Beautiful details in all of the images Lynne
I love V8....&...V9...
Pauline

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2012 - 4:51 PM

These are excellent Lynne. Vs 3, 4, 7, and 9 are my favourites but all are superb.
Ray

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mikepearce
13 Aug 2012 - 10:37 PM

Great image 3 my favourite

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saltireblue Site Moderator 44029 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
14 Aug 2012 - 6:23 PM

Don't really like having to choose a favourite from all thes emarvellous shots, Lynne, but V3 does stick in my mind....marvelous imitation of a merecatSmile
Congratulations on so many great shots.

Malc

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orts  3 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 - 6:47 PM

Fantastic set.

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4245 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2012 - 7:57 PM

Fantastic set Lynne - its v4 for me for the expression and eye contact
Jason

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
17 Aug 2012 - 8:42 PM

Out of the whole 14 shots Lynne, I fail to find any single one that I can say is a favourite. Each one has it's own individual bit of magic. an absolutely wonderful set of shots you have amassed here. Moira

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 - 8:09 AM

Wonderful set... Quite adorable, and very well captured in every frame. IB

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zonazer
zonazer  2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2012 - 2:06 PM

stunning otter portrait. great capture with otter eating fish

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gonewiththewind
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13 May 2013 - 7:04 PM

aaaaaw they are beautiful I can not choose a favourite one.

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