A Backlit Bather

Just before sunset, a male Brown-headed Cowbird stopped by for a bath. Sprays of water exploded in the sunlight as he boisterously splashed about.  I felt like I was being treated to my own personal fireworks display.

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Every good show has a finale; here’s what his looked like.

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He resurfaced long enough to enjoy his self-made shower, and then off he flew.

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cowbird7And all I could say was, “Encore!  Encore!”

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About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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11 Responses to A Backlit Bather

  1. avian101 says:

    Excellent captures Kathy! 🙂

  2. atkokosplace says:

    Amazing pictures! I want to get a bird bath!!! 🙂

  3. kathydoremus says:

    Okay…you MUST get one…I think you will love it. 🙂

  4. Wow, fireworks! 🙂 You have such wonderful photos, I have to ask: What type of camera do you use, and at what shutter speed for something like this? And do you usually use a tripod for your bird photos? (if not, you must have a VERY steady hand, LOL)

    • kathydoremus says:

      I use (and love) a Canon SX50HS for my bird photos. It is honestly a power shot on steroids! It is easy to carry and has great zoom. I fluctuate between AV, TV, and Manual modes – for most of these pictures, the shutter speed was at 1/200 sec. The bright light through the water made for the fireworks.
      I don’t (yet) own a tripod. I take a monopod if I am trying to get a waterfall or something like that, but for birds, I move around too much (and so do they!) to set up a tripod.
      Thanks for the kind words and the interest. 🙂

  5. I have a bird bath but it does not get much use even though the bird feeder does well. I’m wondering if it could be too close to the house? I have a very small backyard… any advice?

  6. kathydoremus says:

    You know, some of mine are pretty close to the house, but they are also close to branches or bushes. I think the birds like knowing they have a place of escape. As long as I keep the water fresh, they seem to keep coming.

  7. I’ll never think of birdbaths in the same way again! Sensational ;-D

  8. Amazing, simply amazing!!!

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