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14 Otter Action Shots

By LynneJoyce  
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.

Tags: Wildlife and nature Sports and action

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cabbie Plus
11 31 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 8:40AM
As usual Lynne you don't dissapoint 14 very well taken shots


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9 Aug 2012 8:43AM
Super set of images, particularly like V9 Lynne,
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 8:49AM
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
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
9 Aug 2012 8:54AM
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
MoragM 8 1 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 8:55AM
Brilliant set - hard to choose a favourite, but love V2,3,4,8 and 9.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 9:04AM
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.?
9 Aug 2012 9:33AM
Gret set, well captured and presented. V6 and V10 for me. Eric.
9 Aug 2012 9:34AM
14 i would say was def LK v2 is my winner today but an all round fine set

9 10 10 England
9 Aug 2012 9:46AM
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.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
9 Aug 2012 9:59AM
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.

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Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 10:30AM
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.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 10:35AM
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
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
9 Aug 2012 12:15PM
3, 5 and 9 for me today. But altogether a beautiful set. Smile
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 12:18PM
Brilliant and very enjoyable to view.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 1:05PM
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
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 1:43PM
A wonderful set.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
9 Aug 2012 2:17PM
Half a days viewing here Lynne but all of them deserving a good perusal.
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 2:40PM
I love the one you features..what teeth. Fantastic detail. Ann
Tibetan 5 3 England
9 Aug 2012 2:48PM
I love them all but as a choice 3. 7. 9. 13.14. are favourite for me, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 4:25PM
V4 and V13 for me, but what an amazing set!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 4:29PM
V1 and v4 for me Lynne but they're all so well taken and presented.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
9 Aug 2012 5:31PM
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
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
9 Aug 2012 6:41PM
HELLO, Lillian SmileSmile

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

Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
9 Aug 2012 6:57PM
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

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
9 Aug 2012 7:43PM
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.
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 9:18PM
Beautiful set Lynne, got to be V4 for me, Peter..
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 9:36PM
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
UrbaneMagick 6 172 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 9:41PM
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!!

xwang 9 56 8
9 Aug 2012 10:08PM
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...
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
9 Aug 2012 10:14PM
a fantastic series Lynne, you made the very best of a unique opportunity!
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 11:00PM
A lovely set. v8 for me.
Ray42 10 3 England
10 Aug 2012 8:12AM
A very good set - v3 and v9 are my choices
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 8:29AM
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.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 10:33AM
A stunning set - love them all but especially Vs 3 and 9. Well captured!
10 Aug 2012 6:00PM
Is that U in V14 ? The most interesting fact about an Otter is their stomach muscles. A great set.
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2012 6:02PM
These are all wonderful, a classic collection.
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.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
11 Aug 2012 6:45AM
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.

11 Aug 2012 8:46AM
What a superb set Lynne excellent presentation..Lin
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
11 Aug 2012 5:08PM
A great set of images

exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
12 Aug 2012 11:32AM
Beautiful details in all of the images Lynne
I love V8....&...V9...
Billyray 10 70 3 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 4:51PM
These are excellent Lynne. Vs 3, 4, 7, and 9 are my favourites but all are superb.
mikepearce 9 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2012 10:37PM
Great image 3 my favourite
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
14 Aug 2012 6:23PM
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.

orts 7 4 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 6:47PM
Fantastic set.
jasonrwl Plus
8 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2012 7:57PM
Fantastic set Lynne - its v4 for me for the expression and eye contact
moiral 8 12 Scotland
17 Aug 2012 8:42PM
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
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2012 8:09AM
Wonderful set... Quite adorable, and very well captured in every frame. IB
14 Sep 2012 2:06PM
stunning otter portrait. great capture with otter eating fish
aaaaaw they are beautiful I can not choose a favourite one.

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