Trapping Birds

The trapper with his hide and complex trap of cane

Caged bird in foreground used as a lure

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.

The ducklings

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.


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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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