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CATCHIN' CRABS
SELF | March 24, 2011 | swampsniper

Posted on 03/24/2011 2:31:23 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER

At low tide the mudflats of the saltmarsh will have large areas covered by colonies of little Fiddler crabs, the males busy waving the larger of their claws to lure females to his burrow. Fiddler crabs dig down a foot or so, the burrow curves as it descends.

The White Ibis has a curving beak, how convenient is that?

It was about high tide when I got to the marsh, this White Ibis was the only moving thing in sight. It was putting down those Fiddlers like popcorn. The Ibis are pairing off ready to nest now, but this one was all alone and pigging out, it obviously hasn't heard what Michelle has been saying..

It kept going behind little Black Mangroves and messing up my shots. I close cropped one so the Fiddler is visible. The little lumps and dark spots on the visible mud are burrows and material the crabs bring out when they dig.

There are places in this marsh where you would be stuck in the mud to your armpits but the Ibis has big feet.

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus

White Ibis, Eudocimus albus


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; Outdoors
KEYWORDS: bird; crab; fl; florida; photo

1 posted on 03/24/2011 2:31:26 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I thought this was gonna be another Bill Clinton thread.


2 posted on 03/24/2011 2:32:53 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for the pictures.


3 posted on 03/24/2011 2:33:03 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I thought this was about high school..


4 posted on 03/24/2011 2:33:49 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO FKBRK)
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To: lawnguy; pandoraou812; Daffynition; barker; ferri; gjeiii; genefromjersey; texas booster; ...

pinglist


5 posted on 03/24/2011 2:34:10 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

SwampSniper you should know better, catching crabs at your age..<:)


6 posted on 03/24/2011 2:34:41 PM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful!


7 posted on 03/24/2011 2:34:56 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I got crabs in early November they stuck around for the holidays


8 posted on 03/24/2011 2:37:34 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: max americana
Alright now, this is a high class place, the most sophisticated Rednecks in the world hang out here!

Over at DU they don't have cameras, they pass out crayons!

Their probation officers won't let them have spray paint anymore!

9 posted on 03/24/2011 2:40:10 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Beautiful shots! Beautiful bird! Thanks.


10 posted on 03/24/2011 2:46:41 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (1 Cor. 15, 1-4)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
The Glossy ibis gets up to Virginia and hangs around in summer but I don't think the White gets up here - missing out on a lot of nice Fiddlers.

Great shots, thanks

11 posted on 03/24/2011 3:11:06 PM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
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To: max americana

High School! USMC and various port of call.


12 posted on 03/24/2011 3:15:00 PM PDT by BMWR1200C
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

It would take a mess of those little guys for a Crab Boil...


13 posted on 03/24/2011 3:21:11 PM PDT by tubebender (Now hiring Tag Line writers. Full time low pay)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice photos!
You have a good eye.
Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 03/24/2011 3:27:26 PM PDT by MaryFromMichigan
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Your usual very fine job,
Thanks


15 posted on 03/24/2011 3:47:50 PM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Obammy, the man is too small.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I think I heard that little fiddler saying “Oh noes!”

Great shots


16 posted on 03/24/2011 3:53:09 PM PDT by visualops (Proud Air Force Mom)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

You tempt me to move there.


17 posted on 03/24/2011 3:54:46 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you. Good work.


18 posted on 03/24/2011 3:59:59 PM PDT by Rockingham
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What beautiful birds!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures.


19 posted on 03/24/2011 4:09:04 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What beautiful birds!! Thank you for the wonderful pictures.


20 posted on 03/24/2011 4:09:20 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I love your pics, SS!

Do you have a ping list, or did I already ask that?


21 posted on 03/24/2011 5:20:28 PM PDT by FrogMom (There is no such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: FrogMom

I’ll put you on it.


22 posted on 03/24/2011 5:21:57 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: tubebender; SWAMPSNIPER

Or one of those big guys for a teryaki barbecue?

If ole tubebender would quit sending snow over here, I’d be
tempted to break out the nikkors. A guy just can’t catch a
break sometimes.


23 posted on 03/24/2011 5:46:44 PM PDT by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow, great shots, SS! I keep trying to take photos just half a good as yours, but I have never succeeded. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful ‘work’ with us.


24 posted on 03/24/2011 5:57:05 PM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist buddies)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Me too please


25 posted on 03/24/2011 6:08:57 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: kalee

Gotcha!


26 posted on 03/24/2011 6:13:43 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you for sharing your backyard......


27 posted on 03/24/2011 6:19:41 PM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank you for sharing your backyard......


28 posted on 03/24/2011 6:19:49 PM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks!


29 posted on 03/24/2011 6:21:53 PM PDT by kalee (The offences we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: glock rocks

We had a break in the rain Monday so we bbqed Fresh Banana Slugs


30 posted on 03/24/2011 6:22:30 PM PDT by tubebender (Now hiring Tag Line writers. Full time low pay)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nice pictures!


31 posted on 03/24/2011 6:24:15 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (Some minds are like cement; thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Damn you’re good.


32 posted on 03/24/2011 6:25:30 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: tubebender; SWAMPSNIPER

Yah, we hid under the deck and q’d some Louisana hot sausage, and had it with some red beans and rice and green beans. I will tell you what. It’s warm now. Dang fine photos there SWAMPSNIPER. Yer breakin tubebender’s heart, livin as he does down in fogland.


33 posted on 03/24/2011 6:26:13 PM PDT by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
We don't have fiddler crabs where I live. The birds pig out on crawdads instead. Yellow crowned night herons like this one usually spin the crawdad in its beak causing the two big claws to be broken off. Takes about 30 seconds or less.


34 posted on 03/24/2011 7:02:58 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thank You SWAMPSNIPER for the ping to nature in your excellent photography. Appreciate it.


35 posted on 03/24/2011 7:12:25 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: rustbucket
Have you ever seen a Yellow Crowned use bait? They will find a scrap or a leaf, anything that might attract fish, drop it on the water and then just wait.

They are around here but stay way out in the marsh most of the time.

36 posted on 03/24/2011 7:32:22 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Very cool & beautiful!


37 posted on 03/24/2011 8:48:15 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Reminds me of a girl I used to know...


38 posted on 03/24/2011 9:22:06 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
I've never seen a Yellow Crowned use bait. They are the premier crawdad catchers around here though, although I've seen Grebes, Ibis, and even American Kestrels catch crawdads. I usually try to go on a picture taking expedition in late May or early June when the crawdads are in shallow water and apparently easy for the birds to catch.

Snowy Egrets vibrate their feet in shallow water to scare prey (crawdads, minnows, tadpoles, small fish) and make them move. That's a wicked looking beak on the Snowy below.


39 posted on 03/24/2011 10:04:36 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
Snowy Egrets are beautiful but they're agressive little demons, I've seen the males fight over territory and it gets bloody.

When I worked with wildlife rescue I learned oretty quick to cover the head on any egret or heron first, when they get scared they go right for your eyes. A beak in the eye could kill you, sure would take an eye out. I lost several good shirts if that is all I happened to have to throw over them.

40 posted on 03/24/2011 10:18:01 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: skeeter
CATCHIN' CRABS

I thought this was gonna be another Bill Clinton thread.

LOL !! You were right on top of this one and fast!

41 posted on 03/24/2011 10:30:35 PM PDT by SFConservative
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To: glock rocks
I put almost a roll through the Minolta X9 I repaired, I'll ambush the cats to finish it out and see what it does. It functions smooth as glass, the blown capacitor was the only problem it had.

One thing I learned growing up in this hungry little old town was I better learn to fix anything that broke if I wanted it. I get mad at the kids over and over, they will haul expensive stuff out for the garbage truck when a few bucks and an hours work is all it needs. My grandfather even resharpened his used double edge razor blades until they wore completely out.

42 posted on 03/24/2011 10:31:25 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow, the red on that bird’s legs is unbelievably bright. Looks like he has on Christmas elf stockings. :)

Great photos! Thank you for sharing! I enjoy your nature posts.


43 posted on 03/24/2011 11:03:52 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (March 2010: Congress shoved Obamacare down our throats. November 2010: We will shove it back!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Damn, Swampsniper, I am so envious of you, because you live in an area of such beauty. I’m also grateful though, because of your ability to share it with the rest of us. I’d have to say my envy is still a little stronger than my gratitude:)
Thank you.


44 posted on 03/25/2011 1:30:38 AM PDT by Clink (Conservatives believe it when they see it. Liberals see it when they believe it.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My youngest kid is resourceful like that. He’s currently got two old torn and worn out tents cut into sections, washed, measured, and laid out on the floor, ready to be stitched together into a new tent. He’s very creative. That kid can weld, too. His science project last year was a fully functional tornado siren. (Ya never know when you might need one here in the Rockies.) In the fall, he fabricated a stainless catapult that uses surgical tubing for propulsion - can launch an egg a hundred yards. Um, yah, he’s homeschooled. He’s been eyeballin my Exacta collection lately, so I gave him my D50... it’s a lot cheaper to feed, and there’s a course in optics just waiting to be researched.

My dad grew up during the depression, so the idea of make-do and fix-up was drilled into me and my brothers. It’s good to see a bit of it rubbed off on my kids. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge (and rewards) of keeping things in good repair, especially machinery.

I bought the house I grew up in from my dad. In the shed was the Murray lawn mower I used as a kid to mow ours and the neighbors lawns. I used it for another twenty years, and finally sold it to a young neighbor for twenty bucks, and I imagine it is still running. Amazing what an occasional oil change and spark plug can do. Briggs and Stratton, gotta love it.

Oh, and if my kids ever ask, yes, it was me that rebuilt the dirt bike in the basement. That oil stain in the old den rug is just one of the stories...


45 posted on 03/25/2011 1:58:38 AM PDT by glock rocks (I am Dyslexis of Borg. Your ass will be laminated.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
SS, you did again. Another 'A' in 'Condor's Photography Class' ;-) And you get an 'A+' for the last shot. The shallow depth of field is perfect, even at the f/7.1, but you used a shutter speed fast enough (1/4000) to catch each water droplet falling.

(Some rat is going to steal you photo's, print them, and hang them in their house. If they haven't done that already. Thieves and Liberals don't care about no stinking copyright)


Anywho, the only birds I see as of yet by me are Sparrows. There were two Robins last week when it hit 60o but I haven't seen nor heard them since then. And the only 'wildlife' are the couple Squirrels that live in the tree outside the Master Bedroom window.

So I've been busy selecting Photos of Flowers I took last fall, printing and framing them so the wife can hang them.

No 'Spring' for us yet. Today it'll be a whopping 37o and cloudy (we had 'light snow' Tues night --- aaaaarrrgggghhh!

46 posted on 03/25/2011 5:06:33 AM PDT by Condor51 (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Congressman. But I repeat myself. [Mark Twain])
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

47 posted on 03/25/2011 5:35:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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