From my studio I see the New River – neither new nor a river, it was built by the Victorians to bring fresh water into London. It’s home to a lot of wildlife as you can well imagine.
There’s a piece on it at the Wellcome Library Collection (opens in a new window).
Anyway, there I am working away on my portrait when I realised a swan had
been pretty much motionless on the riverbank for some hours. It seemed odd so I called the Swan Sanctuary (opens in a new window). Well experienced and dedicated, they safely caught the swan, finding it has a broken wing, it is now under their care.
Here’s a little video I took some years ago on the same stretch of river of a swan and her cygnets.