I probably have more photos of birds taking baths that I can ever use, but it really is fun to watch them splashing around. American Robins come to my bird bath a lot, they seem to really like bathing. One day I hope to finally catch a hummingbird - I've seen them in action, but never when I have a camera handy. Unlike the robins who, being much larger, can just jump right in the bath, the hummingbirds hover and dip into the water to get wet.
Preening is another common behavior I've seen many times. It usually followed by a good shake to the feathers sorted out and back in the proper place, which is what this Red-shouldered Hawk is doing.
Shorebirds (sandpipers & plovers) are just about my favorite group of birds and I'd made some nice photos of this Willet at Fort DeSoto Park in Florida when it decided to actively hunt for some food. I managed to get this shot just as it was pulling a very nice catch out of the tide pool.
When not actively feeding, birds need to get their sleep and, just like us, when waking it's always nice to get in a good stretch like this Ring-billed Gull is doing here.
When not sleeping or eating, maybe a bird needs a job - looks like this Bald Eagle in Homer, Alaska found one patrolling for illegal campers.
Had some some beautiful evening light to work with for my very first encounter with Marbled Godwits but, when ya' gotta go . . .
Apparently American Crows like Buffalo Wings, too. This one was showing off its prize to some of its friends on a day I was out looking for Bald Eagles - at a landfill!
Courtship behavior is always fun to watch, though it seems like this female Northern Cardinal is being kind of aggressive. He looks like he's a little surprised, too . . .
Laughing Gulls in full breeding color are striking birds - one of the things I miss about not living near the coast. Here the male was telling her how beautiful she is . . . I think, anyway. He was really making some odd sounds, sounds I would not define as "singing."
And when the ritual feeding, serenading, and all the other courtship behaviors are complete . . . here we have a pair of Swallow-tailed Kites, um, "being birds."