I have to say, I’ve never seen a White-faced Heron engaged in a bathing session.
That is until today.
Was working with a couple of Nankeen Night Heron juveniles, and somewhere, you know, way over there, was a White-faced Heron. Not that I was really interested at that distance anyway.
For its own reasons, it waded out into the deeper water, and proceeded to settle down into the water up to the top of its wings. And then it must have rocked back on its wings/tail and stood vertically. Most interesting.
Ignore Night Herons, move toward White-faced.
Oh, I’m so fickle!
And it sat there in the water, kind of just soaking up the water. It was settling in for a long soothing soak.
After what quite a few minutes, it slowly stood up, and then ducked underwater and proceeded to the normal splashing about that birds seem to enjoy. More settling in for a soak
And then out to the bank for a shake down, and wing spread dry out.
We say things like, Well now I’ve seen it all, but perhaps there are things that we have yet to enjoy.