Thursday, June 25, 2015

Descent into Chaos

I love to watch birds when they bath. They are extremely vulnerable when they bath so they typically approach bathing with some trepidation. When they arrive at my water feature they will hop all around it before settling in to get a drink. Then they will pause and look around again before taking another drink. This will happen several times before they finally step tentatively into the water. Once again they will stop, pause and look carefully in all directions. Next they will lower their head and shoulders experimentally down into the water and then pop up and look around. Sensing no intruders they will do this a couple of times in a row. If nothing happens they will launch into bathing with abandon literally rolling and practically throwing themselves into the water. They become a blur of water drops and flying feathers. Simply amazing! Here is a sequence of a Steller's Jay bathing from yesterday morning in the backyard. All images created with a Canon 7D and a Canon 100-400 IS lens with two Canon 540 EZ flashes. God's love and blessings to all, chris #TeamCanon, #canonbringit, Please check out my book, "Secrets of Backyard Bird Photography" on Amazon

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