To wrap up my posts on my trip to the Texas ranches in May, I thought I would share a few of the birds that took a bath in front of my lens during my trip. Most of the blinds that we shot from had a water feature that attracted the birds. Some came to drink, but most came to bathe. Those that came to bathe provided some great entertainment and some good photo opportunities as well.
Some birds, like this lesser goldfinch, just want to dip their toes into the water and call it a day.
Others, like this blue grosbeak perfer to take a shower instead of a bath.
The thrashers certainly enjoy a nice bath.
This olive sparrow took a few moments to splash around a bit.
The summer tanagers took their bath time seriously.
By far the stars of the show were the painted buntings. I’m not sure if this was because there were a lot of dirty painted buntings that needed a bath, or if the same buntings kept returning to the pond over the course of the two days I was there. Regardless of why, they were quite entertaining.
Of course dad wasn’t having all the fun. Mom stopped by too, but she preferred the comfort of bathing near the grass. Perhaps she wanted a bit of privacy.
Of course, junior wasn’t going to be left out. You can see this first-year male is just beginning to molt into what will be his bright and colorful adult plumage.
Sometimes the buntings would attract an audience.
I had a fantastic time in Southeast Texas in May and I look forward to a return trip next year. I’ve had a lot of fun with different experiences photographing birds over the years and this trip easily ranks in the very top of the list. I hope you enjoyed the images. I’ll be back to posting about Florida wildlife in my next post.