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I watched a mixed flock of Canvasbacks and Scaup work over a bed of hibernating crabs recently. This hen Scaup wrestled around with a chunky crab for a good while before she could finally position it for a proper gulp. The lack of succulent sub aquatic grasses that used to lend a wonderful flavor to the diving ducks here on the Chesapeake has left the ducks to feed on clams, crabs and such, leaving their flesh with an unpleasant, fishy flavor...at least the ones that have been on the seafood diet for a while...

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A duck with crabs,shoulda never of cheated on her
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yup.....most divers are not very tasty.....although I got to imagine the late season ones shot up on the flats should be well fed on grasses....as usual amazing timing and pictures.

On a related side note, a few years back on my buddies place in southern Dorchester.....it was a very cold late winter waterfowl weekend hunt and while it was tough finding open water the various deep holes and hard bends of the salt marsh guts kept some holes open which drew birds like a magnet. We had a great hunt but each morning we noticed crabs on the ice.....just the shell and claws/legs. We finally saw the culprit....otters were digging up hibernating crabs and bringing them topside to eat the body on the ice....wish I had a camera.

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Great sequence of photos!
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Great photos as always & educational as well !!!! [thumb]
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What crab is that, Fiddler?
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I don't think so Terry. Not sure what species, but it had matching, stout claws vs. the one giant of the Fiddler.

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Great pics. Looks like maybe a European green crab.
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Great series of pics. I remember a few years back I shot some cans. When I cleaned them they were full of clams (should've been my first warning). Anyway my wife fixed them and they looked awesome. I took one bite and they were inedible. Funny thing was my 3 year old loved them. I almost felt guilty letting him eat them. I'm always curious what a wild celery fattened can would've tasted like.
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Funny u said that. My dad still laughs about me n my brother eating okdswuaws n scoters when we were kids.
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I floated a few close-ups by a Chesapeake Bay Foundation biologist friend and he determined the crabs to be Black Fingered Mud Crabs. There's several sub species so he's gonna dig deeper when he's at work and has more resources....just Mud Crab was good enough for me. [smile]
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Great pictures. I never did like fish eating ducks.
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