Atlantic Puffins (Draw a Bird Day)

Atlantic Puffins are seabirds that breed in large colonies on cliffs or offshore islands along the North Atlantic coast of both Europe and America.  When not breeding, they spend most of their time on the ocean.

Each time I look for information about the birds I draw, I find declining numbers, even if they are not yet endangered.  Habitat destruction.  Declining food sources.  Overhunting.

Puffins are no exception.  How to reverse these trends?

Crucial to finding the way is this:  there is no beginning or end.  No magic formula to suddenly turn things around.

It’s a process.  No moment exists when the fragility and interdependence of ecosystems reaches perfect balance, when humans can relax and ignore the repercussions of our behavior.  We must remain always aware, always learning, always willing to make necessary changes to insure continuity.  To keep the circle connected and alive.

I challenged myself to see if I could take Merril’s quote from Jo Harjo and do a prosery for dVerse. It actually fit the theme of Draw a Bird Day quite well.

“Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.”

Here’s some information about Atlantic Puffins:
–Their wings become flippers underwater. They are excellent divers and can reach depths of 200 feet.
–The hinges on their beak allow them to carry several fish at once.
–They have been observed using sticks as tools.
–Their nicknames are sea parrot or clown of the sea. Puffin chicks are called pufflings.
–Puffin colonies are referred to as a burrow, a circus, or an improbability.
–Puffins mate for life and often return to the same nest or burrow. They lay a single egg which both parents brood for several months.
–They spend the winter on the open ocean, rarely returning to land.

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42 responses to “Atlantic Puffins (Draw a Bird Day)”

  1. Ingrid says :

    Such delightful drawings to illustrate some hard truths. For how long can we look the other way?

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  2. ben Alexander says :

    Puffins are, as you captured so well in your art, quite cute 🙂


    David

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  3. Helen Dehner says :

    You are SUCH a talent, in both mediums. Yes. ‘Keeping the circle connected and alive.’

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  4. memadtwo says :

    This is a lovely bird. Is it done on blue paper or did you paint the background? N.

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  5. msjadeli says :

    I like how you combined the two prompts and also shared information on their nature. I particularly like that last drawing.

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  6. kaykuala h says :

    Wow! Beautifully done K, all the drawings are bewitching. Fine drawings! One other good thing is that you learned a lot about them in the course of going around The research factor is also invoked.

    Hank

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  7. melaniereynolds says :

    We have some at a local zoo. I could sit and watch them for hours!

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  8. kiddlescarol says :

    I’ve never seen one in the wild but hope to some day, and you are spot on about how we need to do better for Mother Earth and her inhabitants!

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  9. kittysverses says :

    I liked the drawings, information provided at the end and also the hard hitting truth. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  10. merrildsmith says :

    This is wonderful, Kerfe. I love how you worked in the line while giving us information about puffins. Your drawings are terrific. They are not only adorable, but also amazing birds.

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  11. Ken / rivrvlogr says :

    “No moment exists when the fragility and interdependence of ecosystems reaches perfect balance, when humans can relax and ignore the repercussions of our behavior.”

    Exactly!

    And I enjoyed the notes. (and, the art, of course!)

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  12. MAGNY TJELTA says :

    Great job 😍😍

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) says :

    I have seen puffins on Iceland, and they are wonderful… it’s amazing that you can actually eat puffin (and whale) at restaurants in Reykjavik (but not for me)

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  14. sanaarizvi says :

    This is exquisitely drawn! 💝 I resonate with; “We must remain always aware, always learning, always willing to make necessary changes to insure continuity.”

    Liked by 2 people

  15. puffinman65 says :

    So Beautiful … My Favourite Bird Is The Puffin …

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Art World Blog says :

    Really like the almost abstract style of your puffin drawings, as well as how much research you have put into the article. Great work! Hope it’s ok to share a link to a simple ‘How to draw wings tutorial.’ It seemed fitting!

    https://artworldblog.com/2021/06/09/how-to-draw-angels-wings/

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