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03-19-2017, 10:51 PM   #5551
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it has been a long time so you know what is coming don't ya

bonding time over a meal

note the hair on the back of the cub, [we were told it was less than 4 months old b/c of its coat] its coloration made it possible for it to disappear among the grasses if it crouched down and froze

1 "that's right Junior, that is the way to eat, back to front"

2 "go ahead mom, I'm eyeballing those photographers, it's safe to eat"

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All otter images taken with the K-3 and Tamron SP AF 3002.8 LD [IF] and F 1.7x adapter, K-1 images taken with the Tamron SP AF 3002.8 LD [IF] and DFA 28-105.

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The day started with me all by myself waiting for the otters. I saw one on the ice, turned the car around, got into position and waited two hours, and never saw another one.
My lonely tripod on Costello creek. It's not much of a conversationalist.


After that up to the Costello creek picnic area, a KM away. The Grey Jays turned up. They were happy to see me, I was happy to see them. Finally something to photograph.

Some of my favourite Jays. K-1 and Tamron SP AF 3002.8 LD [IF] (no TC necessary/)






A guy stopped to chat on the way out. I told him about being skunked at both Cameron Road and Costello Creek. I went off to the Spruce Boardwalk Trail. I emptied my feed bag for a guy trying for Grey Jay images. And then decided to head home. But the guy from Costello creek turned up and told me there were shooters on Opeongo Road along Costello Creek shooting otters.

When I turned up they were standing here.

The last dude wouldn't let em photograph him. Just turned and walked away when I politely asked permission. So I took it from the car with at 500mm instead of up close and portrait with the K-1 and 28-105. You know I didn't have to ask don't you buddy? You just penalized me for asking. Well I like this shot better than your ugly face anyway.
My guess, he was skipping work to be there.

They were getting images like this.



I got bored real quick and went off to get photos of some sleeping Canada geese. This is one of the few where one of them actually had put his head up to look around.

Sleeping critters sort of got to be the theme of the day.

At one point I realized there was an otter sleeping on the shore, but they couldn't see him, blocked by a beaver dam.
I moved to may favourite position from the day before. And started shooting. K-3 and Tamron SP AF 3002.8 LD [IF] with the F 1.7x adapter.
These are all images taken when he heard a noise, usually one of the other photographers, and put his head up to look around. On one hand, I hate that they disturbed him, on the other, if they hadn't made these noises all I'd have would be pictures of a sleeping otter.






Most of the time he was curled up sleeping. At least he lifted his head a bit for this one.


Anyway, once they heard my shutter clicking it didn't take them long to join me. No need to say thanks dudes.
After I left I took one last photo from the car, of the dudes now occupying my spot. I hope they enjoyed it.
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Marabou stork, which together with most vultures commonly carries the appellation "ugly."

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No eggs yet, but this peregrine falcon is standing watch over the nest site.
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