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Comments(7) # Water Boatman london e17

I've watched Water Boatmen and the similar but larger, Backswimmers many times over the years but never really knew much about them. Wikipedia tells me they're eaten as a delicacy in Mexico, presumably they have bigger ones or an awful lot of them! They spend most of the time at the bottom of ponds, which makes them quite a challenge to photograph, particularly when they use those oar shaped arms to stir up the mud and hide. There aren't many times that I wonder what folk think who come across me taking photos but yesterday, squatting in the middle of a pond apparently taking photos of the toes of my Wellington boots, I must have a particularly peculiar sight. Canon EOS 40D
150 mm
400 ISO
1/250 sec
f 8
Flash: Fired