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Tuesday 28 February 2017

Rare picture of snacking otter captured at Wexford Bridge

David Tucker

A rare photo of an otter at Ferrycarrig, snapped by local wildlife photographer John Holden
A rare photo of an otter at Ferrycarrig, snapped by local wildlife photographer John Holden
Another of the photos taken from Ferrycarrig Bridge

Otters aren't rare in Ireland, but they are difficult to photograph.

Which makes these rare day time pictures taken from Ferrycarrig Bridge by Wexford wildlife photographer John Holden really special.

John, who captured this stunning image of the otter after it caught a Scorpion Fish, said the animal was probably four feet from tail to nose.

'They are generally nocturnal, so sighting tends to be rare and near impossible to photograph,' said John, whose shots prove the exception to the rule.

John, from Rosslare Harbour, said he had a tip off that the otter had been seeing feeding near the bridge, 'so I spent an hour or more hanging around'.

'I spotted a seal feeding under the bridge, so I knew there were fish about.

'After about an hour I spotted him under the bridge and he just hunted his way towards me, I must have seen him eat four or five sand dabs in as many minutes.

'He then appeared in front of me with the Scorpion Fish, and that was this shot!' John told this newspaper.

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