As a wildlife enthusiast and photographer, I am fortunate enough to witness incredible moments of nature unfolding right in my own backyard here in Arkansas. Recently, I have had the pleasure of observing and photographing a pair of Eastern Bluebirds as they tirelessly feed and care for their young in a nearby birdhouse.
One moment that stood out to me was when I captured an image of the male bird removing a fecal sac from one of the baby birds and carrying it away (Eastern Bluebirds: Fecal Sac Removal). It was a heartwarming and impressive display of the bird’s dedication to its young. A short time later, the male decided it was time to take a bath. I think it deserved it after the hard work it had done all morning.
Watching birds bathe is a unique experience that can offer insight into their behavior and personalities. Some birds, like the Eastern Bluebird, prefer to bathe in shallow water or even in the rain. These birds will hop into the water and then flick their wings and shake their bodies to splash water onto their feathers. This helps them to remove dirt, dust, and parasites while also keeping their feathers in good condition.
Bathing is not just a hygiene practice for birds; it is also a way for them to regulate their body temperature. On hot days, birds will bathe more frequently to cool down, while on colder days, they may skip a bath altogether. Additionally, bathing can be a social activity for some species of birds, with entire flocks gathering around a water source to splash and play.
Observing and photographing wildlife, especially birds, can be a rewarding and educational experience. Not only does it allow us to witness the beauty of nature up close, but it also gives us a chance to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their behaviors. So the next time you see a bird taking a bath, take a moment to appreciate the unique display and the important role it plays in the bird’s life.
The female Eastern Bluebird deserves a bath also: Spa Day For This Eastern Bluebird
- Camera: Canon EOS R5
- Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
- Location: Lavaca (Arkansas)
- Date and Time Taken: April 19, 2023 (10:07 A. M.)
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- Aperture: f8
- Shutter speed: 1/320
- ISO: 8000 (Auto)
- Focal Length: 500 mm