At the beginning of summer, we bought a bird bath and put it in a corner of our backyard. I was hoping to attract a few birds so I could watch them in the comfort of my home, while helping them by providing a regular source of fresh water.
Not only did my little bath appeal to birds, but it became the main attraction in my backyard. I discovered that each species of birds have their own schedule, and sure as a clock, they show up in groups at the same hour every day. The most common visitors in my yard are Black-capped Chickadees and Blue Jays, the latter being the easiest to photograph as they are bigger and more colorful. I haven't yet found the way to make good pictures of dark colored chickadees with my new camera, but I am working on it.
I picked a few pictures to illustrate the ritual of my dear blue jays:
Watching from the nearby trees to make sure all is safe;
Perching on the bath, double-checking for safety. One false movement from the photographer and off he goes;
Quickly taking one big sip;
Rising high to swallow;
When we're lucky, birdie will hop in the bath;
And splash water everywhere;
Just out of the bath, getting back his composure;
And off he goes, back in the trees to get dry and plan the next visit.