Puffins and sea campion

Painting of two puffins nesting on a clifftop

Puffins and sea campion
  • Puffins and sea campion
    Puffins and sea campion
  • Puffins and sea campion
    Puffins and sea campion
  • Puffins and sea campion
    Puffins and sea campion
  • Puffins and sea campion
    Puffins and sea campion

Puffins and sea campion

£145.00

An original painting – acrylic ink and watercolour on paper – size 400mm x 290mm.  Price includes P&P to UK addresses.

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Puffins and sea campion shows a pair of puffins (Fratercula arctica) in breeding plumage on a clifftop with sea campion (Silene uniflora) in bloom.

It’s inspired by a trip we took to the island of Skomer off the west Wales in July 2016 to visit the puffin colony there. To say it exceeded our expectation is an understatement! You could get seriously close to the birds who were so busy nesting, rearing their pufflings and flying to and fro from fishing trips that they pretty much ignored their human visitors. Sitting quietly, we were able to  study and photograph them closely.

The latin name of the Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica, means little arctic brother (‘brother’ as in monk). Like so many latin names, I think this is poetically beautiful.

Puffins are one of the UK’s most recognisable and much loved bird species. However, they are in trouble from overfishing (by humans), habitat loss and climate change. In Iceland, they ‘harvest’ them and serve them up as a delicacy in restaurants. I think puffins should be cherished and not eaten, don’t you?