Mind Your Head
12" x 12"
oil on cradled wood panel
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Puffins are the Atlantic version of parrots. Colourful, stocky and low flying, they seek shelter and homes on outcropping on the edge of land or on islands just offshore. And in Newfoundland, we are lucky enough to have them close by and see them from land or on a boat just off shore. At present, about 60 percent of the North American population breeds on four islands in Witless Bay off the east coast of the island of Newfoundland
There seems to be a universal appeal for these birds, especially in their breeding season when their beaks are brightly coloured. After the breeding season, the beaks change to a dull grey, making them almost look like an entirely different bird.
They aren't elegant and if you've watched them take off and land you'd see their lack of grace as they crash into other birds as they land or fall into the sea when taking off.