KC Tsang as at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve on 10th October 2008 looking for birds to photograph. What he encountered was a Smooth Otter (Lutrogale perspicillata), a member of a family that had taken residence at the park.
“Was at SBWR this morning, and came across this fellow lying on his bed of green algae. Realising that someone was watching him, he opened his eyes, looked at me, and decided to walk around a bit, did a big pee on the path, funny thing was he then walked over his pee a few times, then decided to show me his set of teeth (below left).
“Seeing no reaction from me, he decided to go back to his bed, grabbed hold a clump of algae and wiped his face with it (above right). Satisfied he went back to sleep… zzzzzzzz.
“What surprised me most was the use of algae to wipe his face!”
congrats KC, fine shot.. i hope to catch the otters of sbwr one day too!
I have also taken several photos of a family of 5 otters on 14/10/09 at about 11.20 am next to Platform 1. They were sleeping by the beach. Can anyone tell me how to post them on this site?
Further to my earlier post I have also taken a short video of a young otter feeding on a fish on 08/10/09 at about 2.00pm. also in the vicinity of Platform 1. This juvenile was amongst a few others swimming nearby.
I have uploaded the video clips to YouTube. Search ‘SBWR otter” to view.