There can be no doubt about it, water in small pools is a huge attraction to the small birds. It seems that once one finds a spot for an afternoon tub, the sounds of splashing water brings them all out for their turn.
After some very overcast weather and a bit of rain, I had given up hope of a day in the forest and consoled myself with looking at Bill Majoros’ site Third Bird from the Sun it is a treat and has some lovely photos and information. Worth a visit.
Anyway, by early afternoon the rain had abated, still was overcast, but I had some weekend shopping to do, so on the off chance put in the 3oomm lens and the 1,4 converter and headed out.
I hadn’t gone very far along the track when I came a small pool of water from the morning’s rain, and a flutter of wings and a male Flame Robin leapt out of the water, landed on a branch near me and began to preen. Interesting, but what happened next was one by one the flock came down to take their afternoon bath too. They are very organised about it, and there is much cheeping and clicking involved in working out who’s turn it is next. They don’t seem to bully one another for position and each waits patiently for the one to finish. Or steps in at the other end, just hurry things along.
That they enjoy the bath is evident by all the chattering that goes on. So I watched and pressed the shutter, scolding myself for leaving the big lens and tripod at home- but them’s the breaks.
Toward the end of the session the local female Red-capped Robin turned up and took her place in the line. Then some Yellow-rumped Thornbills moved in, and a Scarlet Robin, However the Thornbills fled, and everybody followed. That is the way of a flock.
If I’d of had some sunshine, it probably would have been a red-letter day as it is, I went home with a card full of images and some pretty nice memories.
To fit them all in the page, I’ve added them as a gallery. Click on an image it will go to a larger size and you can navigate through them. Enjoy, I did. And, more importantly so did they.