Windermere Otter

I found out online about some wild Otters living on Windermere when I lived in France.  When I was over visiting family one Christmas I hired a Nikon 200-400 to do some wildlife photography.  It was a fantastic lens, quite slow and damn heavy, but did give me the chance to get close to some smaller wildlife.  I spent hours down on the jetty and the Otters would appear from underneath it.  This shot is one taken when I was leaning right over the side of the jetty and waiting for this cub to pop his curious head up.  I had a fraction of a second, but managed to grab this shot.  At the same time, another photographer who I got to know took a photograph of me at almost this exact same moment from the land – it makes for a fun pair of images!

I converted this to B&W as I think that works well and makes you feel like you’re looking into the soul of this otter cub through his eyes with no distractions.


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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor. His portfolio can be viewed at

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