Female fiddler crab

fiddler crab, line of sight, exhibition, wildlife art

this female fiddler crab feeds on the algae and detritus on the tidal flats on Australia's Kimberley shores.

You can tell she is a female because her fronts claws are the same size.

The male fiddler has one oversize claw and a smaller one.

In the Kimberley, these particular fiddler crabs are very timid, and when you approach them by walking across the tidal flat when the tide is out...

...they disappear back down their hole before you can see them.

Their eyes on long stalks are their main defense system.

...they can probably see further than us humans...

...and they spot us approaching and dash down their hole before we see them.

...they have already disappeared.

It is these colorful little crabs that inspired the name for this collection and exhibition. The fiddler Crabs dissapear as soon as we get into their...

...Line of Sight.

The effect is that humans walk into an area that is teaming with colorful crabs, but the humans rarely see them because when they get close enough to see them...

the only way to get a close look at them or take a close-up macro photo, is to find some holes and...

...stay perfectly still till they ease back out of their muddy holes.

When people walk through the areas where these crabs are, they may see nothing...

...but 5 minutes later the place will be teaming with colored crabs again.

These are the wonderful things you learn in Nature Photography

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