Since I’ve already doodlewashed a pig, penguin and panda, and a platypus doesn’t have much color, I opted for a puffin. Although I guess I could have gone for a parrot, I figured that since puffins have also been nicknamed ‘sea parrots’ they covered all my bases. This was a quick doodlewash as I was running preciously short on time today, so my research has also been reduced to only three minutes, but here are some little puffin tidbits.

A puffin’s beak changes color during the year, becoming a dull grey in winter and the orange color shown here in spring.  In the wild, these little creatures can live for around 20 years. Their main predators are hungry gulls, which often snatch puffins mid-flight or swoop down and scoop them off the ground. Puffins themselves are quite the predator for small fish such as herring, hake and sand eels, often stuffing several in their mouth at the same time. This helping them achieve their second nickname of ‘clowns of the sea.’

Puffins are actually rather great flyers, flapping their wings up to 400 times a minute to reach flying speeds of nearly 55 mph (88km/hr). As if that was astounding enough, they’re also rather great swimmers, using their webbed feet as a rudder, and diving under water to depths of nearly 200 feet (60m) in search of the best fish. That was about all I could digest in my short search, but I’m sure there’s more to these little guys. Next up the dreaded “Q” so any and all help with this one is much appreciated. Leave your suggestions in the comments!

About the Doodlewash

M. Graham watercolors: Quinacridone Gold, Azo Orange, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Neutral Tint and Titanium White Gouache. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon black ink in a 5″ x 8″ 140 lb. (300 gsm) Pentalic Aqua Journal


Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

52 replies on “P Is For Puffin

  1. The puffin is beautiful, Charlie. I’ve looked forward to your posts every day. The tool specifications are also very interesting. I appreciate your sharing them as well. Have been dying to try some M Graham watercolours, too. And I am happy to see that your Lamy Safari remains your faithful sketching companion. Warm wishes.❤

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    1. Thank you so much!! 💕😃I’m so happy you like my posts, that means so much to me! And yes…I love my Lamy pens! I even bought a little case for the 3 of them…like they’re little jewels. 😊😊hehe (the third is brand new…with blue ink…haven’t posted anything with it yet! Just had to have it! Lol) And you should definitely try M Graham! They’re wonderful paints, that don’t dry out with vivid colors. 😃

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  2. Well, yay! I’m totally chuffed you worked it out as you did, Charlie, for I was secretly hoping for a puffin out of all those mentioned (either that or polecat!). Aww! What a beautiful (and adorable!) character you’ve painted! Loving those oranges. And as ever, enjoying the tidbits… I think your puffin is a bit miffed by the ‘clown of the sea’ label!

    All I can think of for Q is Quail!

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    1. Thanks Jacob!! Hehe…puffins are pretty cool. I decided I would simply rather own a polecat instead so I’ve made that my new mission. Lol Yeah…I don’t think I’d call him ‘clown of the sea’ to his face. He can run much faster than I can! 😊 And yeah…not many options for Q that aren’t totally obscure. Hehe

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      1. Haha! I can see you aren’t going to rest until you get a polecat – it is your birthday coming up, remind Philippe of that. Don’t tell him about the fluid, though – let him discover that himself😉

        Perhaps when you get one, you can call him Polo?😉

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  3. Your puffin does look a bit serious…or perplexed? Maybe he’s wondering how he ended up in a doodlewash!
    I too can only come up with Quail. Although if you want to dip into mythological creatures, there’s Quetzalcoatl. (K)

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  4. He is cute! Whenever I see one, I always get the warm feeling and a smile comes to my face. I’m a huge fan! Us humans are predators of them as food, ‘tho I wouldn’t eat one. Since you’ve already done a lovely Quokka, how about its cousin the Quoll, which is quite cutely spotty. Lovely doodle, Charlie!🙂

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  5. Wow! What an AWESOME doodlewash, Charlie! 🌟🌟🌟 Your Puffin looks perfect! 💙 I find that sometimes it is good to be short on time as it prevents me from fussing too much. 😜 I quickly checked the Internet for animals that start with Q – I had never heard of a Quoll – might be fun to do. And there is always a Quail. We get quite a few of them in our yard. They are so fun to watch. Whatever you choose, I know it will be fabulous, friend! 😍🎨

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    1. Thanks so much Jill!! 💕😃 I agree…I’ve been liking my shorter timed efforts. Well…an hour would be a luxury these days so I guess they’re all fairly short. But this one was the shortest yet! 😊lol And yeah…I had never heard of a quoll until I googled it! Cute little things!! Animals are fun…I’m glad I stuck with just those.

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  6. What a gorgeous puffin! Love your use of white! I was helping my daughter study for physics and they are learning about electric files and point charges and I kept having to solve for q, which is a charged particle.. Lol. 😁

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  7. your puffin is great, what a nice character. By the way they have some problems with flying as they cannot land and start as good as other birds can.It is very funny to watch them landing (wildly flapping, trying to stop) and they start off the cliffs just jumping down in the air and then wildly flapping their wings. Q is difficult in english (in german we have the jellyfish – Qualle) – how about quetzal, a colorful tropical bird or the Quagga, an extinct Zebra species?

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  8. I’ve completely fallen behind in reader but luckily have seen your IG posts so I get my good Charlie fix early in the day. I love your puffin, he’s very handsome! I now know how Q and R turn out but still the end of the alphabet is so challenging!

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