|Crayfish, crawfish, crawdaddy, freshwater lobster, yabbie*.|
As i approached, he went on the defensive...
...flipping himself onto his back...
....covering his belly with his tail and brandishing his formidable claws.
The creature was -to me at least- of impressive size; about 7 or 8 inches long. i've only seen one other crayfish in the wild near that size. When i was a kid, we would hang out an the south breakwater at Rainbow Beach, tie a dead minnow to a string and dangle the bait under rock ledges to catch 2 inch long crayfishes. i tried to keep one for a pet, but was convinced by my mom that it really wasn't a good pet candidate, and dropped it back to the pool i'd gotten it from.
As i've related in earlier posts, i hate encountering roadkill. Figuring that this guy would soon be crushed or otherwise become some crow's meal, i nudged him to safety back into the nearby wetland. And no, i didn't try to pick him up- those claws meant business- but as gently as possible pushed and flipped him along with the tip of a Silca pump.
A couple of miles later, i stopped to watch an impromptu cricket practice:
Since South Barrington lacks a proper cricket pitch, this team took over a tennis court for awhile.
The fellow playing at silly mid-off** (yes, i looked that up,) invited me to join in, but since i know so little of the game, i passed.
A few miles down Penny road is a large county forest preserve. About a quarter mile off the road is this:
|(Not the clearest picture- i use a cheap second-hand camera.)|
The county forest preserve district has raised a pole to provide an osprey nest.
Overhead, its resident:
She had a catch in her talons:
|(At the limits of my camera's resolution)|
Someday i will either carry my better camera or learn how to take better photos with the pocket model. i have gotten to the point where i feel almost under equipped if i'm not carrying a camera on a ride, although i'm reluctant to carry one that's expensive (or heavy,) given my propensity for dropping and breaking things. For now, these snapshots will have to do. i hope you've enjoyed them all the same.
(*Not "yabbie" in the sense that BSNYC speaks of!)
(**or perhaps, simply "mid-off" but what do i know?)