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.

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.