Following on from my previous blog about an encounter I had with wild Scottish otters on the Hebridean island of Tiree, I thought that it would be interesting to compare and contrast them with images of captive otters that I shot at the British Wildlife Centre in Surrey. I was trying to learn about the autofocusing capabilities of my camera and lens so I joined a hands on AF workshop led by Andy Rouse, to practice settings and skills in the enclosures.
So here is one of their three Eurasian otters. You can see how well fed they are compared to the wild ones which are living 'on the edge'. Its the same species by the way, just different habitat.
Despite their confinement, they were full of fun and there was plenty of action during the time we had with them.
The best point of view was definitely ground level, so we got down and dirty, and somewhat wet too.
seeing them swimming side on to me gave me an idea and I worked on it for the rest of the session and eventually it paid off.....................
My favourite shot of the day. I got wet doing this one!
So I think the differences between the wild and captive animals are clear to see in the two blogs I've just done. It's far more obvious with big cats and other animals which have large territories of course, and really goes to show the importance of preserving wildlife habitat in the future and giving all wild animals the space they need. Is that a forlorn hope?