Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Bath Time for the Goldfinch

There is something about birds taking a bath. As soon as one starts...
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and really gets into it...


everyone has to join in.
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Time to rearrange the feathers.
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Get behind the ears.
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There! Cock-of-the-Rock!
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About the pictures. As my followers know, I do not live in a place where I get a lot of song birds. I have gulls and eiders in my yard. So finding these birds bathing along the banks of the Ipswich River was a real treat for me. In all of my time photographing birds, now measured in decades, this is the first time I’ve gotten decent photos of American Goldfinch.

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16 comments:

Frank said...

Can you tell me what type of bird in the bottom picture. I see them eveywhere and my kids always think that someones parakeet got out. Thanks....... Frank

Roy said...

They are more than decent Steve, they are just great, especially the last one.
We do however enjoy your images of sea and shore birds as they display the true detail which many of us don't get to see so much.

Hilke Breder said...

I love those photos. Makes me feel like jumping in also. They really seem to be taking pleasure in teir bath. Great blog with wonderful pictures, love reading it!

hip chick said...

Great photos! I have zebra finches as pets and I watch them bathe all the time. I never tire of seeing it though...

Chris said...

Superb shots Steve....
Yeh I guess birds like to bath in community!! Well isn't it going the same way with swimming pool. An example, here in Iceland we have this warm water swimming pool. As soon as the weather is nice, everybody start to bath there! Well I know we do no have feathers ;-) but the similarity is funny.... I love the whole set of pictures there but the last one is wonderful with the famous reflect in the eye ;-) Well done Steve.

Steve B said...

HI Frank, That is an American Goldfinch. : ) They are going to go into a winter plumage soon and become more tan colored.

madcobug said...

These are great shots Steve. Thanks for sharing. Helen

Eve said...

and these are so fun Steve! I love the commuity bath! Fun fun! Glad you got to see them before they turn to drab!

dAwN said...

Awesome series Steve! I am a sucker for bathing birds too! tee hee

This post was just tweeted out on twitter via Craig Glen..then Re tweeted by Lady woodpecker...its going around now as I type..
all appreciating these shots..

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wonderful Steve..I could feel the excitement in your photos.. Some people are so focused on the unusual that they don't take time to see the simple beauty in a bath. But as a backyard (novice) birder, I get to see the regulars all the time and I still get a thrill.... Michelle

Amy said...

What a refreshing post! ;o)

Hundewanderer said...

Those are awesome pictures. As are all of your photos. Keep them coming! hugs from Hundewanderer.

eileeninmd said...

How cute and what a great capture! The Goldfinches are beautiful birds especially the colorful male.

Frank said...

Thanks Steve they look really yellow when they are dry.I feel kinda dumb now that I know what they are.....FRANK

Pagan Sphinx said...

I love the goldfinches that come to our feeders. We get lots of them, which is such a treat. With my dinky camera, I can't really photograph them well, so your photos are a real treat!

A New England Life said...

I'd say these are far beyond decent! Excellent photos Steve! You certainly were in the right place at the right time.

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