Charlie's Pasture that we have yet to explore. I wanted to find it, but it required a bike ride along the highway, which could prove fatal considering the crazy vacationers running our roads these days. We were just about to turn back when we found the entrance and dove in.
The trail looked as if it is less travelled and perhaps less well maintained than the other half of the trail, but it was still a pretty smooth ride. I was on the lookout for snakes or any other critters we might see, but with the exception of a BUNCH of spider webs and maybe some poop, we saw no sign of anything but birds.
|I would love to know what these are|
I finally did see a couple flying by, but the closest we came to birdwatching were a group of black and white birds lounging in one of the few watering holes not left barren by the drought.
A sign indicated that the path was in progress and it all made sense. This path would someday join the more familiar pathway so that it would make a larger loop through the wetlands.
We walked and biked across the vast and barren salt flats until we came to a familiar road. This lead to another of Port A's birding pathways and we took it. The boardwalk took us right through the middle of that cattail field we had seen from the other side. There was another observation tower at the edge of a bizarre pond.
We could hear them out in the cattails. We suddenly heard a splash followed by the sound of a bird meeting his death as one of the alligators, advertised by signs along the path, must have snatched him up. GULP...
It was amazing to stand here in the middle of this place and see the wildlife just doin' their thing as if we weren't there.
|A heron swoops low over the water.|
I took a walk to the far end of the boardwalk. I couldn't hear my footfalls as I crept along. I peered into the cattails and was rewarded by a glimpse of a tiny bird hopping around from one reed to another. He was also grooming himself as if he couldn't see me.
We could have spent hours there watching the animals come and go. There are many others listed on the boardwalk that we saw no sign of. We wondered how it was that we had never been to this place. We love to explore and today was such fun but it was time to get back to the boat and the endless "to do" list. A couple on our dock have invited us to this place to hear their talk on birding. Maybe we'll have to make time to come back and hear what they have to say...