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Asian Otter

By Maiwand
Small clawed Asian Otter (aonyx cinerea)
Oriental small-clawed otters can be found in freshwater wetland systems such as swamps, meandering rivers, mangroves and tidal pools. They are found in irrigated rice fields and wander between patches of reeds and river debris where many crab species (Brachyura) are likely to be found. They dislike bare and open areas that do not offer any shelter. Thus, they prefer pond areas and rice fields over rivers with bare banks. When in the riverine systems they choose areas with low vegetation and their nesting burrows are dug into the muddy banks. This species spend most of its time on land unlike most other otters.
This specimen I managed to catch during a feeding session for him and two others at the WWT London Wetlands, Barnes. I was pleased to see that the shot shows his very distinctive short and stubby feet. This is a great advantage to him as he can use the hands/feet to great effect when hunting/feeding and swimming.
He is of course a captive animal.
Many thanks as ever to all those people who found time to comment or vote on my suspect attempts at m/cycling photography and particular thanks to Steve (sparrowhawk) Annette (annette38) who kindly gave their UA's.

Tags: Wildlife Water Pets and captive animals Maiwand

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lovely capture like from me. christineGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 4:33PM
A beautiful capture. Smile
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 4:34PM
brilliant detail ron wonderful textures and tones a stunner nice one Wink
JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 4:53PM
A splendid shot
DerekL 13 188 24 England
21 Nov 2013 5:00PM
Lovely image Ron.
Captive, or not, they still move so quickly.

Mike_Smith Plus
10 476 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 5:02PM
Cracking detailed shot Ron
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 5:07PM
I love these beautiful creatures Ron
And like the quality image here so well captured with the fish meal
Brian65 8 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 5:12PM
Superb detailed shot Ron, top notch as always.
21 Nov 2013 5:21PM
Fine capture Ron,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 5:28PM
Impressive capture here Ron.

NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 6:03PM
Superbly detailed and so very well captured, a real gem and such a delight to be able to view...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
AnnJ Plus
6 5 Scotland
21 Nov 2013 6:05PM
Superb capture, it's terrific. Ann.
richmowil Plus
9 335 2 England
21 Nov 2013 6:24PM
Very impressive image!! Good detail and natural colours - nice work!!
21 Nov 2013 6:41PM
A really stunning image Ron. Great detail as well.
21 Nov 2013 6:49PM
beautiful shot
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 7:09PM
Lovely imageSmile

21 Nov 2013 7:23PM
What a lovely shot Ron and love the write up. Cathy
21 Nov 2013 8:18PM
Fabulous photograph Ron! Great details and timing on this fine capture!
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 8:37PM
Excellent detailed capture SmileSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Nov 2013 9:12PM
An excellent detailed shot of the otter Ron and an interesting narrative too. They have a family of these at Slimbridge and they are real characters and most entertaining to watch
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2013 9:49PM
A stunning study and presentation of an otter at lunch, good write up too, Ron.

annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Nov 2013 10:18PM
A great shot of this handsome otter having his sashimi!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
22 Nov 2013 12:28AM
This is an impressive and informing capture-- Thank you for your text-- Wonderful, both!
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
22 Nov 2013 8:17AM
Excellent well timed capture.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2013 8:24AM
A lovely detailed study
22 Nov 2013 10:02AM
Excellent detail and timing, Ron - I love this image!

FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
22 Nov 2013 11:38AM
Lovely detail as always Ron,
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
22 Nov 2013 1:05PM
An educational commentary.
We have otters here at the lake shore in winter....I love to watch them popping up through holes in the ice at the shore edge. They don't look a lot different from this variety.
22 Nov 2013 9:45PM
Excellent details captured Ron, great timing..Lin
22 Nov 2013 10:46PM
Wonderful shot Ron and thanks for the informative write up, great shot!!!SmileSmileSmile
23 Nov 2013 4:34AM
A superb image, Ron and thanks for the information.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
23 Nov 2013 12:53PM
Thanks everyone
23 Nov 2013 8:26PM
What a super image Ron - full of detail and character. Lou
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2013 1:19PM
Great shot Ron....(all that's missing is a bag of chips! Grin).....lovely detail of the hands.

gwynn56 6 87 England
26 Nov 2013 4:24PM
beautiful capture Smile
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
29 Nov 2013 6:58PM
quality shot with good info.
30 Nov 2013 4:03PM
Fine capture and interesting write up. A

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