A blog reader wrote in last month, when I was posting my sketches of puffins at the Como Zoo, with questions about which type of puffin they were. I haven't looked that up yet. (The trouble with indexed journals is that while I can find every sketch I've made at Como my index doesn't tell me on which page I noted down the puffin species! When I sketch things repeatedly I have a tendency to not make complete notes each time I sketch.) With luck I'll be able to get over to Como again in the next few days and solve this mystery.
In the meantime imagine my surprise when one day I was eating my lunch and channel flipping and found a bunch of Atlantic puffins marching along a rock outcrop on a travel show! They are lovely birds and much more colorful than the ones we have at Como. I couldn't resist grabbing my journal and shuffling them up. That allowed me to leave out bits I couldn't see in a mass of birds, while still getting practice with a variety of expressions. A happy way to start the afternoon: lunch and sketching birds without even leaving home!