This all happened at MY lake which is called Burr Oak. Mom was reading on my boat. Dad was fishing and I was doing my beach combing work. I found the egg first. I didn't know what it was at first. Then I found the mom on her nest. She was afraid of me and I will admit I was a little bit afraid of her. I didn't know what to do so I ran back to my boat and made my emergency noises to get mom's attention. She went with me to see what I had found. Then she went back to the boat and got the camera. I sat there an watched the mom and her egg while mom was gone. The momma did not even move. She really wanted her egg back. Mom said we couldn't do anything because the mom would not leave her other eggs. I wanted to help though. Mom had to pick me up and carry me back to the Lady L because I was soooo upset I couldn't even walk.
Isn't that a sad story? It is all very much the truth. I felt so helpless.
I am so glad that I remembered these pictures. I think they might inspire me. I hope so.