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    Northern River Otter

    Ok I found some new mammal photos that I haven't posted!

    Northern River Otter—easily one of the most interesting subjects for a picture. This one was right next to a swimming/boating area on the Winnipeg River. Spent about 45 diving for big crayfish, and playing. Not concerned at all that my family was roughly 50 ft away (he knew he could out-swim us). He seemed to take a particular interest in one of my sisters, who was walking the beach looking for shells. He would follow her back and forth up the beach.

    Here he is sticking his tongue out at us.
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    I find this a rather Sea Otter-like pose, I've never seen a River Otter do this:ImageUploadedByTapatalk1394570992.853397.jpg
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    haha! nice I've never seen one in real life before. #2 is definitely a otter-like pose.
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    They're so fun to watch! They really love to play. Although a neighbour at our cabin says they can be almost as bad as raccoons and bears for breaking into the cabins in winter. If the river freezes rough over they look for food elsewhere, and since they have hands they're fully capable of creating some damage to cabins. Not to mention they're quite often in groups.

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    Northern River Otter

    Actually another interesting thing is about 5 mins before I took these there was a loon sitting in the exact same spot.

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    nice! did you grab any pics of the loon as well?
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    No, but I have quite a few other pictures of loons that I can post

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    Lighting wasn't the best when I took these, it was evening and there's spruce trees that casting shadows on the lake

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    yeah, sometimes you have to take what you can get, I had the same problem every time I saw a Ibis last year, too strong harsh backlighting.
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    And they're fairly skittish too right?

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    yeah, kindof. they were frequently in the water too, so reflections and lighting, etc, most just turned out as silhouettes, or totally blown out backgrounds.
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