The image shows one of the muscovy ducks we used to rescue each year in the Spring. If we protected them, then predators wouldn’t take them and they’d go on to repay us by pooping everywhere around the house!
Here in the marina in Holland where we’re now tied up, we’ve just watched a mother duck try to look after her clutch of nine ducklings. On the first day she had nine ducklings. She was down to six ducklings on the second day. She only had three ducklings yesterday and today, she has none. This is really sad. Nature can be so very cruel. We don’t know but we think the magpies hereabouts are the villains of the peace.