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#1 Wheatsack

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:44 PM

I managed to capture a shot of a landcrab ,one of many living in burrows around where we stayed in Rarotonga. This guy is probably about 150mm/6" across his/her body..look at the size of those claws...I believe they feed on coconuts..amongst other things. This guys burrow was not as big as many around, the other locals were even bigger They are very nocturnal ...and very skittish so hard to get a good photo. My father was stationed in Fiji during WW2 and he told the story of going on maneuvers..sleeping in foxholes and landcrabs falling in just to spice up the night...don't think I would like to share a bed with one of these guys.

 

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A lot of these Myna birds about... and quite vocal.

 

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Saw several Frigatebirds circling one night but I was slow to grab my camera.

 

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 01:54 PM

Very nice, Peter! We had plenty of Myna's in South Africa too... intelligent species.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 09:18 PM

Nice shots, I wonder how land crabs are with a little butter :)


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 02:57 AM

Very nice, Peter. Hope you had a lovely holiday.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 01:15 PM

Nice series, Peter.

 

Land crabs?  I'll pass.  BC crab goes very well with butter.

 

When I was very young, I saw a Myna Bird that someone had as a pet.  They had taught it how to speak.  Very intelligent birds.   :)


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 12:49 PM

Nice series Peter. I’ve heard of Myna Birds, but never seen one. Jeff


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 03:55 AM

The crab shot is awesome. Looks the camera was on the ground to shoot it.


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Posted 18 January 2020 - 01:03 PM

The crab shot is awesome. Looks the camera was on the ground to shoot it.

Actually Bill I was shooting over the gate... using the tilt screen in live view just above eye level. The evening before I foolishly carefully opened the gate to get a lower shot but he/she heard me and scuttled away... not to be seen again that time.. hence I sneekily shot over the fence this night. :rolleyes:


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Posted 22 January 2020 - 08:15 PM

Cool!

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