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Aliens…It Must’ve Been Aliens

Mudflats are interesting places, superficially a single featureless creature – but the closer one gets, and the more attention one pays to the being that once made up the entire west coast of Trinidad – the more it seems like another world altogether. At high tide, it’s completely covered by the lapping waves. At low tide, soft exposed mud is attended to by a number of birds, invertebrates and a specially adapted fish called the anableps. Sitting quietly at the edge of the soft mud allows one some intimate time with the inhabitants of this special eco-system. Fiddler Crabs are most present, but they only reveal themselves when there is no sign of a threat. I remained still for long enough, and gradually the crabs emerged from the mud. Males climbed to their highest accessible points – clumps of mud – and seemed to be starting a revolution, gesticulating fervently with their oversized claw. With the unreal lighting situation going on, the entire scene seemed to be taking place on another planet.

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The rule of bigger is better certainly applies to the fiddlers of the mudflats – the bigger the claw, the more attention received. I must admit that I fell victim to this phenomenon, as I too was drawn to the crab waving the biggest weapon. Sigh. Times like these make me question my life, hahaha.

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Eventually I left the crab kingdom to its own devices, getting distracted by an incoming Scarlet Ibis. My first camera had a preset called “Selective Colour”. Although my present camera body doesn’t have that preset, I do have the natural equivalent 🙂

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