Friday, April 17, 2009

Otter, Baby Otter, Kelp

From the indoors to the outdoors, and an even more difficult photographic situation. S spotted this mother-baby pair hiding in kelp and some way off from our balcony window. (The weekend package we got at the Plaza included an excellent view, along with a place to view it from!)

The shot shown here was a) a tight crop from the original frame, b) taken with a 1.4x teleconverter on the Canon 100-400 mm lens, c) had to be manually focused and d) was steadied just by leaning on the balcony railing. In short, far from easy conditions to try and produce something usable. We spent a lot of time watching and waiting for them to move, but when they did it was obliquely and further away from us, so things never got easier!

Wonderful though to see a breeding sea otter in a place where numbers have been under threat for quite some time.

Heading home from Europe on Sunday.

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