When you watch birds, what is it that excites you? One of the things I love to watch (and photograph) is birds taking a bath. Here are a few images I made this year, of our fine feathered friends ... getting "undirty".
This first bird is an exceptionally beautiful bird, the male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris):
Then a female Painted Bunting stopped by:
Next up, a Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) female:
Followed by a male Northern Cardinal, who almost takes an "upside-down" bath:
A little later, a Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus), which happened to be a "lifer" for me that day, stopped by to clean up:
One of the "best" birds to visit the waterhole for a quick bath was this thrasher, a Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre). I debated long and hard for an ID on this guy ... may be a Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre) ... what do you think?
This post was authored by Jim Braswell of Show-Me Nature Photography