It used to be common practice in Spain to trap small birds either for the table or to sell them as songbirds to be kept in cages in the house. This practice is now illegal but this morning we came across a trapper during a walk along the river. He had made a camouflaged hide and a complex trapping system using cane. He also had a caged bird as a lure. When challenged by us he protested that what he was doing was totally legal. Nevertheless, we took photos and phoned the Guardia Civil when we returned home. They arrived 15 minutes later and first called at our house to get the exact location of the trapper. We will let you know what happens.
On a more cheerful note the seven ducklings have grown up fast. Here is a photo also taken this morning. If you click on the photos they will enlarge.