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
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