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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Planckendael Zoo collection
Mechelen Belgium – Planckendael Zoo

European or Eurasian Otter (wikipedia)

The European Otter is the most widely distributed otter species, its range including parts of Asia and Africa as well as being spread across Europe.
The European Otter’s diet mainly consists of fish. However, during the winter and in colder environments fish consumption is significantly lower and the otters use other sources for their food supply. This diet can include birds, insects, frogs, crustaceans and sometimes small mammals. In general this opportunism means they may inhabit any unpolluted body of freshwater, including lakes, streams, rivers, and ponds, as long as there is good supply of food. European Otters may also live along the coast, in salt water, but require regular access to freshwater to clean their fur. (source wikipedia )

Conservation status

The European Otter is included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species – status: Near Threatened
It’s numbers declined across its range in the second half of the 20th century primarily due to pollution from pesticides such as organochlorine (OCs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Other threats included habitat loss and hunting, both legal and illegal.
European Otter populations are now recovering in many parts of Europe. In the United Kingdom the number of sites with an otter presence increased by 55% between 1994 and 2002. Recovery is partly due to a ban on the most harmful pesticides that has been in place across Europe since 1979, partly to improvements in water quality leading to increases in prey populations, and partly to direct legal protection under the European Union Habitats Directive and national legislation in several European countries. (source wikipedia )

Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
Tamron 70-300mm Tele-macro1:2 lens
exp.time 1/90 sec. at f/unknown
ISO 400 Focal length 200
TAGS : animals, mammals, belgium mechelen planckendael zoo, otter, brown, water, tree trunk, wildlife, bokeh, blur, dof

Features and Top10 placements
Featured in Close-ups in nature (Feb.21 , 2011)
Featured in ‘Special featured member’ – Dutch showcase (March 14, 2011)
Top 10 placement in European otter – nature photography challenge ( March 14, 2011)
Featured and top10 in Letter O – Alphabeth Soup (October 15, 2011) (Oct. 30, 2011)
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