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I was fortunate to spend some time with a family of river otters recently, and here are some of the images. The two youngsters are pretty grown up, and I assume that they will be making their own way here soon. They are extremely social animals. All images below were taken with a Nikon D800 and the Nikon 200-400mm VR lens. All images were taken at 400mm, with an ISO setting of 1600. I wish I had had my 600mm lens, but I did not have it that day. I went back several days later with that lens, but there was no sign of the otters that day. Hope you donít mind so many images, but I find these fascinating. Iíve seen single river otters before, but never a family.

http://kwilliam8.smugmug.com/Animals/River-Otters/i-csSkpH6/0/XL/20130315-_D8K2660-Edit-XL.jpg
Image 1: f/5.6, 1/4000 sec.

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Image 2: f/5.6, 1/3200 sec.

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Image 3: f/5, 1/3200 sec.

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Image 4: f/5, 1/1250 sec.

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Image 5: f/5, 1/3200 sec.

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Image 6: f/6.3, 1/1600 sec.

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Image 7: f/5, 1/1600 sec.

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Image 8: f/5.6, 1/500 sec.

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Image 9: f/5.6, 1/640 sec.

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Image 10: f/8, 1/320 sec.

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Image 11: f/4.5, 1/1600 sec.

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Image 12: f/4, 1/2500 sec.

Comments and feed-back welcome! Thanks for taking a look.

Keith W.



Mar 22, 2013 at 03:39 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · River otter family


Beauties Keith! Great social animals...I'm glad you said you wish you had your 600mm...I will hopefully get a shot at these soon...and was debating whether to take it with me...now, no doubt.
Eric



Mar 22, 2013 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · River otter family


Very cool, great series. What a treat this must have been

-Tim



Mar 22, 2013 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · River otter family


You've done a wonderful job of giving us a true sense of how closely connected this family is to one another.
Really enjoyed seeing all of these Keith... very well done, and thanks so much for sharing your experience with us.

Kirk



Mar 22, 2013 at 03:49 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · River otter family


Eric, as much of a pain as it is to tote a bunch of gear around, perhaps it is sometimes worth it!

Tim, it was a treat. I was hoping to get treated a couple days later, but alas. One just needs to take what nature throws at you!

Kirk, this family was close knit. I was surprised because I have read that around here the next generation is often born in March. Their bonds must hold.

Thanks for your comments and feed-back.

Keith W.



Mar 22, 2013 at 04:25 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · River otter family


A fun and enjoyable set Keith ~ Ron


Mar 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · River otter family


Really fun set to view. Otters just make you smile. Good work on these.


Mar 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · River otter family


Great series! I have seen them here on the coast a few times.


Mar 22, 2013 at 01:19 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · River otter family


Wonderful interaction shots Keith! These guys are so much fun to watch and I get that feeling through your photos. Well done!

Tim



Mar 22, 2013 at 02:25 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · River otter family


Wonderful set Keith, you did well and so did your 200-400!
Amazing animals and what a treat to be fortunate enough to watch this family do their thing

Koen.



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · River otter family


Great series...I know how hard it can be to get good focusing on those wet bodies. Exposure is very good too.


Mar 22, 2013 at 04:43 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · River otter family


Great shots! Nice to see a bunch of them together. I really like the one coming out of it's den in the bank. These are amazing animals. I managed to get a some good shots of one about a month ago at a local pond. I was close enough that a 300 mm on a crop was too tight a couple of times. Here's a link to one of the shots:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/photodejour/8458936635/in/set-72157632316187826/



Mar 22, 2013 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · River otter family


Ron, Ken, Jim, Tim, Koen, Mogul, and Steven, thanks for your comments. Much appreciated. I will go back there in several months to see if there are any new family members. Fingers crossed. Thanks again!
Keith W.



Mar 22, 2013 at 05:24 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · River otter family


you got some beauties Kevin


Mar 22, 2013 at 11:45 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · River otter family


Wonderful set , love seeing the interaction . Great set.

Birdie



Mar 23, 2013 at 12:15 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · River otter family


#1 is nice. Great to see the family dynamics!! Don


Mar 23, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · River otter family


Was this up on Fir Island where the old eagle nest tree blew down last year?


Mar 23, 2013 at 02:23 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · River otter family


Kenny, Birdie, and Don, thanks for taking a look and commenting!

Terry, yes. Just past the sign at the parking lot, there used to be a heavy set of blackberry bushes (to the west) that blocked viewing the drainage area behind the dike. Those bushes were recently cut down, and now you can see that water area pretty well. Like I said, when I went back several days later, I was there for about three hours, and did not see any sign of the otters (I did see snow geese). I'm not sure if they use that den as their home base or not.

Keith W.



Mar 23, 2013 at 02:54 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · River otter family


Sweet shots Keith, thanks for sharing
David



Mar 24, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · River otter family


Looks like you had some great views of this family, what a treat!

Nice series.

Paul.



Mar 24, 2013 at 05:58 PM
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