Goose + Water

//Goose + Water

Goose + Water

Feathers are such critical components of a bird’s flight, insulation and general survival, it’s no surprise they have meticulous spa routines. The bathing helps remove dirt and parasites, the preening helps reset the feather barbs. Most birds also coat the feathers with protective oil from the uropygial gland.

We came upon a small family of geese, churning up the lake like wave machines. I love photographing birds in their bathing rituals. There’s the beaded texture of water and the predictable motion of wings and bodies. But more than that, animals seem to genuinely enjoy their baths. So, when I capture images during these unguarded moments, I feel a bit more connected in an activity where stealth is the norm.

Well, as connected as I can be . . . behind my tele glass. Which, I’m sure, is just fine with the birds.

Canada Goose Bathing
Canada Geese Bathing
Canada Goose Bath
Canada Geese Bath
Waterfowl Bathing
Waterfowl Bath
Canada Goose Bath
Canada Geese Bathing

Canada Goose Preening Feathers

By | 2010-12-01T23:01:25+00:00 December 1st, 2010|Animal Behavior, Blog, Geese and Swans, Pacific Northwest|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dan Kent December 4, 2010 at 5:17 am

    What an adventure! Great action shots – you have really captured the frenetic movement of the bath. I will have to try all these moves in my next shower. 🙂

  2. ingrid December 8, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Dan, the double-jointed preen might be the toughest.

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