Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Newborn Fawns

Above is the proud mama of the twin fawns born in our back yard early this morning. She has chosen a spot where they are so camouflaged as to be almost invisible. If you click on these photos to enlarge them, you may be able to discern which is doe and which are little spotted fawns, still wet either from being born or from being licked by mama. She has been alternately licking them and leaning back as though exhausted, while they energetically nuzzle for food.

I took the pictures from an upstairs window so as not to disturb her. The last picture (below) may look as though she is posing for her portrait, but she had just caught on that I was there. That is a wary gaze she is turning my way. At any rate, we feel honored that she chose our yard in which to give birth. But, as Otto says, nearby Tilden Regional Park probably smells too strongly of mountain lions to seem safe for such a momentous event.


Marianne said...

Honoured indeed! How wonderful to share your backyard safe haven with this mama and babes! They're beautiful.

Rosie said...

And I used to be proud of my woodpecker!

Bethany said...

Oh, miraculous!

Maggie May said...

Isn't it amazing how they are so camouflaged? I had to really look hard as it looked like a log. I know my eyes are not brilliant.
You were very privileged.

daria said...

happy spring gigi!!
i just love happy happy news!
thanks for sharing it.
xoxo daria

nonizamboni said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful event. New birth always brings tears to my eyes.
Beauty all around your home--you and Otto seem to attract it!

Geraldine said...

Wow, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us. LOVE your header, breathtaking. Glad I stopped in via Selma in the City.

Mad Kane said...

Wow! What beautiful photos!
Mad Kane