Fortunate enough, while I was busy taking bird photos by my bird feeder, a group of birds chose to visit my birdbath. Among them, the Eastern Bluebirds were the first ones to take a dip, followed by the American Robins. I had the chance to capture the moment when one Eastern Bluebird and an American Robin were bathing in the birdbath. However, today’s photo was particularly special as it shows an American Robin quenching its thirst from the birdbath. The Robin happened to be facing in the perfect direction, allowing me to capture the water dripping from its beak.
To get this shot, I utilized my pickup truck as a blind, which was parked in my driveway. I rested my camera and lens on a beanbag draped over the open window. It was an ideal setup for observing the birds without disturbing them.
The American Robin is a familiar bird to many North Americans, often being one of the first birds spotted by people. It is known for its distinctive orange-red breast, gray-brown upper parts, and white underparts. American Robins are a migratory bird and can be seen in many parts of North America throughout the year. They feed on a variety of insects, earthworms, and fruits, making them an important part of the ecosystem.
Interestingly, the American Robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Additionally, they are known to be early birds, being among the first to sing in the morning. They also have a unique way of locating food by tilting their heads to the side and listening for worms in the ground. The American Robin is a fascinating bird to observe and photograph, and I feel fortunate to have captured one drinking from my birdbath.
- Camera: Canon EOS R7
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: March 12, 2023 (11:31 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/800
- ISO: 2000 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm