Crabbing on the Brunswick River

The tale of a White-faced Heron

The afternoon drew on and as I was feeling a bit peckish, I decided to walk among the Mangrove roots and see if any tasty morsels appeared. Being a White-faced Heron, the roots of the Mangroves didn’t phase me, my long legs and well spread toes made the task quite easy. You may wonder why I call these things sticking out of the mud on the shore line roots. Well this species of Mangrove has pneumatophores, a specialised root-like structures which stick up out of the soil like straws for breathing which are also covered in pores called lenticels. So lets go crabbing on the Brunswick River.

I strolled casually keeping an eye out for a snack.
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Sometimes the Mangrove roots make you step a bit higher.
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Oh look, there something was moving among the roots, I am sure. I better hurry
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What!! I am sure it was over there
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I was right. A tasty snack of crab.
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Now just to position the crab in the right place.
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Bugger………it’s got a hold of my bill.
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Maybe if I can move this crab up a bit.
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There. Now it has let go I can perhaps get it just so.
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Crab? What crab? I don’t have a crab
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Well I must be off now. Thanks for dropping by.white faced heron11_crab_brunswick river_brunswick heads_sept 2018

You can read more about mangroves here

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