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Wildlife photographer witnesses otter fishing for dinner near Mousehole

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Josh Barrie

  • An osprey snatches up a fish at Hayle. Simon Maycock

  • An otter confidently carries a large fish it has caught, photographed at the edge of the seashore near Mousehole. Simon Maycock

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A WILDLIFE photographer has managed to capture images of a hunting otter close to Mousehole.

Simon Maycock said he had gone down to the water's edge to photograph birds just before Christmas when he encountered the animal as it swam along with its lunch – quite a large fish.

Mr Maycock, 54, who lives in the village, said it was one of his year's highlights and that otters were rarely spotted in the wild, especially so close.

"I was just looking on the seafront," he said.

"It was very rough, so seeing it was even more surprising.

"I was very excited to witness it. I'm lucky."

When he told others of his sighting they were intrigued, he said.

"I've shown people the photos; someone who lives nearby said in all his years there he hadn't ever seen an otter.

"It was really great to see – and even better to see it catch a fish, swimming along."

Mr Maycock said he had seen an otter once before, near Marazion, not far from Mousehole, and this suggested the water quality was good.

The otter image is not his only recent success; he also managed to capture an osprey on camera in Hayle.

"I caught a picture of an osprey getting a fish," he said. "These two events were fantastic for me."

An IT consultant, he moved to Cornwall from Warrington 15 years ago and said he was inspired to take up wildlife and landscape photography as he explored the local environment. Now he tried to get out into the natural world as much as possible and photography was his "biggest passion".

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