Bath Time

Bath Time

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.

Lesser Goldfinch Bath
Lesser Goldfinch

Others, like this blue grosbeak perfer to take a shower instead of a bath.

Blue Grosbeak Bath
Blue Grosbeak

The thrashers certainly enjoy a nice bath.

Curved-billed Thrasher Bath
Curve-billed Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher Bath
Long-billed Thrasher

This olive sparrow took a few moments to splash around a bit.

Olive Sparrow Bath
Olive Sparrow

The summer tanagers took their bath time seriously.

Male Summer Tanager Bath
Male Summer Tanager
Female Summer Tanager Bath
Female Summer Tanager

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.

Painted Bunting Bath
Painted Bunting
Painted Bunting Bath
Painted Bunting
Spin Cycle
Spin Cycle
Lift Off
Lift Off

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.

Painted Bunting Bath
Painted Bunting

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.

Immature Painted Bunting Bath
Immature Painted Bunting

Sometimes the buntings would attract an audience.

Painted Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch
Painted Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch

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.


  • Debbie Tubridy

    July 17, 2016 at 4:11 pm Reply

    LOL … what a great blog post … love all of that water action and fun had by the birds.
    Brought a big smile to my face. 🙂

    • Michael

      July 17, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply

      Thank you, Debbie! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Meg Puente

    July 17, 2016 at 4:56 pm Reply

    What great series of bathing beauties.! Love the color, action and variety, Michael!

  • Maria Adornetto

    July 17, 2016 at 7:53 pm Reply

    I love birds, so I truly enjoyed watching your pictures, they are all beautiful. My favorites are the Painted Buntin, Male Summer Tanager and Lesser Goldfinch, their colors are just amazing. Thank you for sharing the beauty of God’s creation. You have an amazing talent.

  • Margaret Kelly

    July 19, 2016 at 11:56 am Reply

    Bath time made my rather awful day into a smiling, laughing-out-loud day. Thank you for the smiles and laughs. And thank you for the entire Texas photos.

    • Michael

      July 19, 2016 at 7:40 pm Reply

      Thank YOU, Margaret!

  • A.C.

    September 8, 2016 at 2:32 pm Reply

    lol … love all your bathing birdies, Michael
    Sounds like an awesome time…
    Definitely some awesome shots
    Alan “A.C.”

  • Jeff Maw

    October 17, 2016 at 9:41 pm Reply

    Love your pictures. I had a great time in Texas shoot with you. Well done on your shots.. I look forward to when we can shoot again together.


    • Michael

      October 18, 2016 at 7:57 am Reply

      Thanks, Jeff! I’d love to get together again. It was a fun time.

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