St Colman's Teals, in Gerald of Wales, Topography of Ireland
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Gerald of Wales was born at Monorbier castle, in Pembrokeshire, in 1146. He was educated at Gloucester and Paris, and became Archdeacon of Brecon in 1175. He visited Ireland in 1183, 1185, 1199 and again for about two years from 1204. A version of his text--which is largely concerned with the marvellous things he saw or heard about there--is known to have been read publicly in 1188. This manuscript was written perhaps at Lincoln, probably before Gerald's death in 1223, and it has been suggested that he personally supervised its writing and decoration. This manuscript was later owned by St. Augustine's Abbey, Canterbury.
St Colman, Abbot of Templeshambo, in Connacht (Wexford), had a holy well with sacred teals which could not be harmed. This page has stories about them, with illustrations in the lower margin: the tame birds taking food from a human, a kite paralysed by the teal he carried away, a fox who was choked by one of the teals.