Birds of Shore and Sea #6

Puffin or Fratercula arctica (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. Used as a symbol for books and other items, this clown among seabirds is one of the world’s favourite birds.  With half of the UK population at only a few sites it is an Amber List species.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/p/puffin/index.aspx

Birds of Shore and Sea #5

Bkack-headed gull or Chroicocephalus ridibundus (2011)

Watercolour on paper, 210 × 297mm.

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown – in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a ‘seagull’ and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/b/blackheadedgull/index.aspx