As we walked Brookgreen-Atalaya path you could smell the Honeysuckle!!
We didn't see any gators, but did spot a Green Heron!
Brookgreen Garden entrance at the Hwy 17 end of the path
We turned right onto Terrapin Dr and headed over to the Causeway.
I told you the Causeway would show up many times in our blog
while we are at Huntington Beach.
You just never know what you will see on the Causeway!!
This big fellow was right by the road!!
How about an Alligator Daycare Island?!?!
We counted about 7-8 young alligators playing nicely together;o))
We saw many small wading birds.
Nancy is just learning to identify some of them.
We see a lot of these small waders,
but never one with a black underbelly!!
the fawn was standing:o))
It looked right at us, but could not move on it's shaky legs!!
We still did not see Momma anywhere around;o(
But it was wonderful to see the fawn up!!
We had company coming to visit, so we had to leave.
We'll check back later to be sure it is OK.
Back at the Motorhome, we got a quick lunch. Then our good friends, Bill and Chris, came for a visit. They also brought our mail...Thanks Guys!! We sat outside and had a nice time getting caught up. About 2:30, we said our goodbyes since we needed to go see Nancy's mother. She is doing well, but occassionally needs some help with things. Today was paperwork day!! We spent an hour or so visiting and getting things in order.
On our way back to the campsite, we had to stop and check on the fawn again;o)) Unfortunately, Nancy did not have her camera. What we saw was so amazing. Momma was there encouraging the fawn to get moving. They went a short distance and Momma laid down in the tall grass. The fawn stumbled over her. Then Momma saw us and bolted...it was time to leave them alone. But how wonderful to know the baby is OK!!
Just before sunset, we went back to see if we could see the Fawn and Momma. We did see Momma feeding in the tall grass, but could not see the fawn.
Before coming back to the motorhome, we walked out the Nature Center Boardwalk over the Salt Marsh. Nancy spoke to a woman about what we had seen today. The woman explained that what happened is very natural. When a new fawn is born, it has no animal smell, so the mother leaves it in a hidden place while she goes to feed and build her strength back. The fawn gets familiar with its new world and eventually can stand-up. Unless a wild animal stumbles upon the fawn, they do not attract predators. Once Momma recovers, she returns ready to nurse and care for her newborn!!
We were so priviledge to see this amazing natural event unfold!!!
Now for the perfect end to a wonderful day!!
Nature REALLY is Amazing!!!