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#1 Black Pearl

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Posted 24 October 2016 - 01:08 PM

Out for a wander in Durham this afternoon, a place I have been hundreds and hundreds of times since I was tiny, when Thomas and I spotted an otter playing/fishing in the river. 

 

I only have my 35mm lens so couldn't get close but this is such a rare animal and an even rarer even to see one I thought I share...

 

 


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 01:14 PM

Very good BP .... are these an introduced animal.... we only have them in zoo's here.


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 01:40 PM

No they're a wild animal and while not common they are widespread.


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 03:27 PM

Nicely done BP! As far as Otters they are very common around here.

 

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Posted 25 October 2016 - 12:18 PM

Nice, Robin.

 

I'm seriously impressed with the image quality.  Was that the iPhone or XT-1?

 

Peter, if you want Otters, we have lots of them!  ;)


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 12:21 PM

That was the X-T1 - I think the first bit of video I've shown from it since I got the camera.


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Posted 25 October 2016 - 09:54 PM

Very nice, Robin. Looks like he was having some fun.

 

Never seen one here in the wild, only in zoo's.


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 02:13 AM

Thats only the second one I've ever seen in the wild. First was when I was 30-35 years ago on holiday in a remote (ish) part of Scotland.

 

To see one right in the middle of the city (all be it a tiny city) is amazing enough but to have it seemingly play in front of us for a while was amazing. We'd been there a few minutes before it even occurred to take a  bit of video.


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 08:29 AM

Thats only the second one I've ever seen in the wild. First was when I was 30-35 years ago on holiday in a remote (ish) part of Scotland.

 

To see one right in the middle of the city (all be it a tiny city) is amazing enough but to have it seemingly play in front of us for a while was amazing. We'd been there a few minutes before it even occurred to take a  bit of video.

A life enriching moment.

 

I know exactly how you feel as I felt the same way when I first encountered a Great Blue Heron (and, as time went on, a continuous stream of other exotic birds I had never seen before) at High Park!  My jaw hit the floor and I stood there in utter amazement!  

 

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Posted 26 October 2016 - 09:36 AM

So happy you were able to have this experience!  

While common here I am still fascinated to watch them.


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Posted 26 October 2016 - 12:23 PM

I'll readily admit that Otters are part of the ecosystem, but many West Coast boat owners view them as a nuisance.  They like secured spaces, and an unsecured boat interior will do nicely.  What a mess for the owner!  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

 

When we had our boat at Reed Point Marina, there was one Otter that liked to hang around our dock year round.  To make things interesting, he had a bit of "attitude", and wasn't particularly afraid of dogs.  That meant:  1) always making sure that he hadn't got inside the boat; 2) taking care, to avoid stepping in Otter poop; and 3) stopping the dog from trying to roll around in #2.

 

Despite all of that, that video was fun to watch.  :)


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