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Bathing of Great Kiskadees

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For Terra.

We have a swimming pool on the property but at 25 degrees I am not ready to jump in it as it is not heated at this time. Of course that does not mean that the pool is not used. All sorts of bird population is taking dip in it every day.
It is fun to watch them. They plunge in for a second or two several time in a row.
Every evening a pair of Great Kiskadees arrive with a loud announcement:

Plunge!

Did you see that?

Lets try again


Can I join you?

Splash!!

Splash!!

Now, look how wet we are

Lets spread our wings in the sun

The sun is nice and warm.

Lets do it again tomorrow.

The pool is used by many birds in the evening.
Vermilion flycatcher is warming up after the dip

Hummingbird is sunning after bath:

and many swallows taking advantage of our pool . We have hundereds of them around at evenings drinking and bathing.
They are too fast to take a picture of them and they do not stay to suntan.

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Lovely blog Klahanie, and very clear photos considering! What great entertainment for you. I remember swallows skimming across our pool in France last year - they're very clever at getting the height right for a sip, aren't they?

19 Jan, 2015

 

Oh, thanks for taking up my request, Klahanie ... this is a lovely blog ... such colourful birds, and very well-photographed !

19 Jan, 2015

 

Very comical. What a show! I love the Vermillion Flycatcher - very striking.

19 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you for your nice comments.

Sheila, the swallows are very talented skimming the pool. Occasionally there is a young one with mother teaching it how it is done and they are so cute and clumsy.

19 Jan, 2015

 

Thanks so much for the lovely bird photos, didn't know about these birds, so lovely and colourful....
are youre swallows similar to ours, they arrive in spring have one or two broods and fly off in autumn.....they come to the same nest in the stables every year......

20 Jan, 2015

 

Interesting blog,K.......the flycatcher is very smart.When I first read it,I thought it was you about to take a dip!!!

20 Jan, 2015

 

Pam, we are here in Mexico from November to April and the swallows are always here in that period of time. Lots of them.
We have some on Vancouver Island in summer but not in such numbers.

20 Jan, 2015

 

No, ..no dip for me Medowland. Maybe next month when it gets closer to 30 deg. :-)

20 Jan, 2015

 

How colourful and entertaining those beautiful little visitors are, a lovely set of photos.

20 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you for your visit and compliment Wildrose. G. Kiskadees are birds with an attitude, very entertaining and very noisy.

20 Jan, 2015

 

Fantastic photos. My immediate reaction was where do you live. Having discovered its Vancouver Island I was totally amazed that this is Canada in winter. I assumed that everywhere is covered in deep snow!!

As a result of your photos I was able to convince my husband that I need a much better camera. Thank you

21 Jan, 2015

 

Sunshinesue - at the moment, Klahanie is staying in Mexico, lucky girl!

21 Jan, 2015

 

Thankyou for sharing your photo's Klahanie, its always a treat to see the birds in different parts of the world, as it is with all your photo's, even more so at this time of the year when we have frost outside, lol....

21 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you Sunshinesue for your compliment. As Sheila said we are wintering in Mexico.
Vancouver Island is experimenting mild winter (I am told by my neighbours ) but of course not anything close to our weather here.
I hope your husband will get you good camera.

21 Jan, 2015

 

Thank you Lincslass for liking this blog. Spring is coming and it will not take long and everything will look up.
Keep warm. :-)

21 Jan, 2015

 

Goldfinch is the best I see-lol. I'm sure the cats scare away many more.
Great blog..you cant post too much of Mexico.

22 Jan, 2015

 

It is so true Stan. Mexico is so colourful and in many ways very different from we are use to up North.

22 Jan, 2015

 

Fantasic photos. Pleased for the birds to have a nice place to play.

22 Jan, 2015

 

What a lovely blog with fantastic bird photography.
Must be a nice evening ritual to look forward to. We used to get the swallows hunting and dipping over our pool but nothing actually used it to bathe in, apart from snakes and me, but not usualy at the same time. I always thought it was the chemicals that put off wildlife, your colourfull birds dont seem to mind that though.

21 Feb, 2015

 

Thank you for your comment Diane.

22 Feb, 2015

 

Thanks for your compliments Resi. Our swallows mostly just come for a drink. they will not dip in it. Only the very young will when learning how to manage to skim the water and take a drink without actually touching it. Our birds come in droves to drink from the pool...they do not mind the chemicals.

22 Feb, 2015

 

I nominated this for GoYpedia ... so thanks Drc for adding it. Beautiful blog ..

22 Feb, 2015

 

Thank you Terra :-) XX ....and Drc

22 Feb, 2015

 

:o))) x x x

22 Feb, 2015

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