|A Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) forages in the shallow waters of a flooded field at VOA MetroPark in West Chester, Ohio.|
|A Lesser Yellowlegs has his eye on something...|
Where did all of those crawfish shells come from? To grow larger, a crawfish must shed its shell and grow a new one. It may do this ten to fifteen times in its lifetime. After it molts, it is very soft, so it pumps itself up with water to gain girth and make lots of room for the new shell to form. Crawfish are mature at two years and can live up to seven years (click here for more information on crawfish).
|The classic profile of this beautiful bird...|
|A Lesser Yellowlegs foraging in a vernal pool in late afternoon light.|
|...watch out crawdad!|