Its that time of year again. The puffins are coming back. I like to go up to my nearest colony at Bempton Cliffs at this time of year to watch their arrival. It really is spectacular: first you see small dots on the horizon; these rapidly increase into small whirring wings and then a splash of colour. With their striped bills, which include shades of blue, grey, red, orange, yellow and cream, these birds really do ask to be painted. I used oils to capture the group pictured after spotting them in the Farne Isles.
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