Visitors from the River

Arriving on our terrace

Mother and children

Over the last couple of months we have seen several ducks along the Rio Milanos, which runs below our house, with their newly hatched chicks. Most of these have now gone and we do not think many ducklings survive because of predators, possibly snakes and terrapins, and other dangers.  This duck lives nearby  and we always see her when we walk along the river. This evening she brought her family up from the river onto our terrace and we gave her some of our chickens’ corn. The ducklings are several days old and although there were originally sixteen of them,  now they number only seven. The father is a white duck, which accounts for the two yellow chicks and one mottled one in the brood.

Having some corn

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Visitors from the River

  1. I just love those duck pix

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