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Old Nov 6, 2011, 1:13 PM   #1
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As I drove on the auto tour at the refuge I passed over an irrigation channel and I saw a small group of otters swimming. I stopped and got out of my truck to get a better angle. Unfortunately the sun was directly behind the otters. However, this one curious fellow climbed out of the water and up the concrete weir to get a better look at me. He was so close he was barely in my minimum focal range. Awesome!
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When he finally dove back in the water he was under for about 5 seconds before he surfaced chewing on a nice perch he had caught. One of his buddies swam over to check me out as well.
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I am hoping this picture of him sticking his tongue out is not a personal comment on my being there but rather a statement of how he enjoyed the fish. But, who knows what an otter thinks?
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These are very nice pictures, in spite of the lighting difficulties. I encounter otters here when I fish the local rivers, but never am allowed to get so close. Lucky you!
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How cute, and lucky you! Never seen one in my neck of the woods. I like the last one with the tongue.
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Thanks to both of you for your comments. They are definitely playful little things.

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Oh how cute are these guys? Great captures Steve. I've only seen otters at a distance in Monterey so it was great to see them close up.
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Great portrait (#1) and the 'tongue' is such a nice touch, Steve.

Thanks for sharing! I've only seen an otter in the zoo... but from what I know of them- they are interesting animals.

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Thanks again Paul. They are most playful and full of mischief. They are great fun to watch.
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