1. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I got these pictures tonight they are of a family of Texas River Otters (very rare for North Texas but not unheard of) that live in the pond near my house. Me and my wife were walking the pond I was of course snapping pictures with my L1020. When we got to the part of the pond where these otters are often seen we slowed our pace as we toped the hill. There we were able to see the mom and 2 babies just before they darted back into their den. I got over to the the other side of the pond near their den. I knelt down near the hole hoping I could catch them coming back out. I snapped this picture to check the camera settings.

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    It was getting dark so when I snapped the picture the flash went off I thought they are never coming out now. About that second I noticed I was standing in an ant bed, I am wearing sandals by the way. I am about to run away in a panic when I notice the water start to ripple a little bit. The flash must have gotten them curious because a second later one of the babies comes all the way out and sits on the rock in the picture then the mom pokes her nose out. I took this picture. To note they are about 3 feet below me just so you can get a better size ratio.

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    By this time my foot is covered with ants but they are not biting so I think as long as they don't start biting I am going to sit this one out I might never get this chance again. I was able to get these pictures before the ants got me.


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    The whole thing only took about 5 minutes I only got but 2 or 3 times by the ants... Totally worth it...
    07-28-2013 10:39 PM
  2. mase123987's Avatar
    Awww..leave those poor otters alone sir.... ;)
    07-28-2013 11:01 PM
  3. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Trust me brow the otters are fine and thanks for worrying about me my foot is fine...lol
    07-28-2013 11:47 PM
  4. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Aww! They're cute critters.
    07-29-2013 01:33 AM
  5. aggie's Avatar
    Trust me brow the otters are fine and thanks for worrying about me my foot is fine...lol
    I'm just glad you didn't panic start slapping at the ants on you and have the 1020 end up in the water :)
    07-29-2013 11:34 AM
  6. GolferChris68's Avatar
    Interesting story, and some cool shots.
    07-29-2013 03:35 PM
  7. Curtieson's Avatar
    Am I the only one that came in here expecting to see photos of a minor league baseball team in Texas?
    08-01-2013 11:18 AM
  8. mase123987's Avatar
    Am I the only one that came in here expecting to see photos of a minor league baseball team in Texas?
    Nope. That was actually my first thought as well.
    08-02-2013 02:16 AM

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