Lake Csaj, Hungary, January & May 2015 :
MAY 2015 :
By autumn 2014 my friend Bence Matè set up an infrared camera to monitor the pond by one of his heron-hides at night-time, and to his surprise this revealed an unexpected visitor : a family of local otters had found the "underwater-boxes with heron food" and was feeding regularly every night on the fish from the boxes. I had the pleasure to shoot these magnificent animals for the first time in January 2015, and as I returned to Hungary in May this year I had the chance to do them again. The normal procedure would be that the bigger male would arrive first and feed alone and then later the female with 3 cubs would arrive, more or less together. When I was there in January the cubs had already reached adult size, and by May they were still hanging around with "Mom". Altogether I spent 4 full nights with the otters ….. and I really had a great time with them !!
Since otters are strictly nocturnal the shooting inevitably involves the use of flash (which is not my favorite gadget !!) … and like many other wild (and even shy !) animals the otters did not react upon repeated flashing. However the action was hard to shoot because they were always, constantly & continuously in rapid movement … and the focus light was poor.
The pictures from January are shot with 2 flashes from up front, while the shooting in May was done with 3 flashes, 2 from up front and 1 from behind as a backlight flash. All pictures are shot with Nikon D4 /D4s, Nikkor 70-200 2,8, f/2,8, 1/250, ISO 500-800 and with Nikon SB 900 flashes.
Ok, it`s 20 pictures looking much the same, but still : Hope you like `em !!
A warm thank you to Csaba Olasz, Krisztian "Koko" Kovacs & Bence Matè !
A heavy rainstorm is washing the pool with backlight flashing
Still raining ...
….of some reason : my favorite !
JANUARY 2015 :
The temperature is below freezing and the warm breath can be seen above the water
Mom & one of the playful cubs