Backyard Bathing Birds

If one takes time to stop and observe birds, it can become addictive. My husband Ron and I actively provide food, shelter, and water to lure them into our backyard. They oblige us by nesting, bringing their young to the feeders and often take time to bathe. One half inch of water is their preference, and a quick path to retreat to a nearby bush for protection is a must. I stake myself about twenty feet away with my Nikon D300 and 80-400mm lends. The vibration reduction feature makes the process so much easier. seated quietly, the birds know that I am there, but do not seem to see me as a threat. Birds bathe both summer and winter. One has to stop to admire the little Anna's Hummingbird that will bathe in a cascade of water lined with icicles in the dead of winter. In the heat of summer, we see Robins hunkered down with their bellies cooling in the stream. Little pleasures! Food, water, and shelter, That is all they ask.
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