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A close encounter of the otter kind

I have just had one of the most enjoyable afternoons that I can remember for a many a long year. One of our local anglers recently told me that he had seen otters while fishing on a nearby loch, so I thought it might be worth spending an hour or two up there just on the off-chance. Complete with a pocketful of Morrisons finest sprats, I headed up this afternoon and sat on the bank enjoying the peace and quiet. A flight of 20 whooper swans flew down the loch without landing, but while I was watching them there was a splosh a few yards out in the water, and then this whiskery gentleman (or lady) appeared:



I tossed a couple of sprats at the waters edge and that was all the invitation it needed:







After polishing off the sprats, unbelievably the otter yawned and then settled down for a short nap within 5 yards of me:





Altogether I spent about 30 minutes watching and taking photographs. At one point it came right up to me and sniffed my shoes.

I have seen wild otters many times before (without ever managing a decent photo.) They have without exception been extremely shy and wary, and invariably they will make a beeline in the opposite direction at top speed. I have never seen one so relaxed in the presence of humans as this one. It must have become used to anglers feeding it and has now come to see us as a source of food - something which I will have reinforced by giving it sprats. I only hope that it doesn't come to find that it's trust in us has been misplaced.



(All photos taken handheld with EM-1 and 50-200mm SWD at ISO 800)
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

They can get used to people I am angler and it is surprising how trusting they can be, but move quickly and they show their wild instincts and disappear. Usually I have a fishing rod and no camera or a camera and do not smell of fish!
Oh yes great shots!
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Wow! An incredible series. Absolutely stunning!
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Oh Wow. That has to be a set of memories to take away and savour for many a long year. You must have been on cloud nine

You got your reward for spotting and taking that opportunity.

By the way a lovely set and thanks so much for sharing. In number 3 I swear I can hear him/her saying "well come on then, where's the rest!!"

Great stuff


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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

David,
Wonderful photos - especially #4 and the last one.
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Goodness me David, what a fantastic experience for you and you have some superb shots as a bonus. That last one is terrific, as good as I've seen of these animals.
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Aw, how lucky was that! And some super captures to boot. Very envious
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Superb! What a lucky man you are!

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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

a lovely record of a fabulous encounter
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Wonderful experience and great photos !!
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Wow what an experience, and some stunning captures of the event.
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Fabulous shots of a magical encounter David. I am very envious.

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Wonderful. Lucky you.
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

Thanks for your kind coments everyone. It certainly was a wonderful experience.
Now, I wonder if I could manage some close-up shots with a wide angle lens....?
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Re: A close encounter of the otter kind

David, how VERY exciting ! all those boys scouts lessons "be prepared" came into play with your Sprats What a tasty meal this Otter enjoyed.

I am sure if you return a few times, with more Sprats you will be welcomed and repaid by these most FANTASTIC IMAGES and the experience

Thanks for Sharing I very much enjoyed these
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