I found spike while walking along a track in Mt Worth State Park while on one of my waterfall hunting expeditions. I’ve tried to identify what species of yabby/ crustacean thingy it is but couldn’t find anything spiky like this critter (any clues towards working this out would be greatly appreciated).
Update: According to jezzavw this criter is a Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus hemicirratulus).
I found it on a ridge top miles from the closest water course (where I’m used to seeing yabbies) and instead of running back down its hole it sat and posed for me. Waiting patiently as I pulled my Gitzo tripod apart so I could mount the centre rod and camera upside down and much closer to the ground, attach my extension tube and sit nice and still for the longish exposures. As it happened after shooting 70 frames I lost interest before he did and moved along, thanks spike (or should that be spikette) for modelling for me.
As an aside I always find it a little odd when the primary promoted tourist feature of a nature park is the fact that us humans tried to destroy it. The park broshure for this park completely ignores the fact it has three lovely waterfalls and instead concentrates on where all the old logging mills were located (the same thing happens in the parks around Powelltown). It’s like saying “Hey wow look at this cool logging mill ruin that was part of the machinery used to decimate this area that you are now enjoying because we closed down after cutting all the trees down,” weird.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D mkII
Lens: EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM with a 24mm extension tube @ 64mm
Shutter Speed: 1/8 sec
When: 7:32am on 14/11/2010
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