Monday, July 4, 2011

My Upset Duck

Art BY Marilyn

The 2nd of July 2011, I had a very upset Drake  Duck come into my yard...actually...their private sanctuary.  She flew in and, I guess, was very upset over something and was offering her opinion.

This is my painting of, "Candy", and "Dandy".  They fly right in and seem to be aware of me and accept me in their "property". 

Candy either didn't want me their or was upset about something and it was amazing how she vocalized.  She started going, "WACK", "WACK", "WACK.  She sounded distressed or angry.  I decided it was time for me to leave her alone because I her territory.  My yard but now hers. 

The wild ones have different calls and this was a very distressed call.  It is amazing because she was waling...waddling...back-and-forth, vocalizing loudly.  I viewed her from inside and she had calmed down after I left the yard.  She was in the yard awhile, ate and left. 

They didn't come the 2nd anymore I'm sure they were stressed by the noise of , "Rhythm and Booms", in Madison, Wisconsin but yesterday she flew in and ate and took over her private pool and sat quite a while and left.  I get to see their individual personalities and I am thrilled..  Marilyn

Sunday, July 3, 2011

My Little Wrestling Neighbor.

Art BY Marilyn

This little squirt comes to see me almost every day and kids around with me.  I kid right back.  It is amazing to have such a natural relationship with a wild thing.

It is Sammy the Chipmunk and he wants a peanut in the worst way.  He has such a light touch and he is so perfect in his little paws.

I am not ambidextrous but in order to take this shot I had to be fast with both hands.  Now the hand I am feeding him with has only 35% use and I am working hard with my therapy to get it back.  This was such a spontaneous shot I probably won't ever get another like it, but I will try.  I can see why Steve Irwin gave his life for environmental conservation.  It is an immodest pose, isn't it but he is so trusting.  He crawled all over my hand like an acrobat and I teased him a little and he is so sweet. I made him work for his supper and they seem to love that.  It is a bond all the animals in my private critter sanctuary are enjoying.  Marilyn