Nature's Place

Birdbath Life …

Not sure any more who’s is who’s but this is one of Katie’s, I think. Thanks for the pix Katie. :-) … Birds loving the water on a sunny day.

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The same kind of bird as last one, maybe even the same individual. Don’t know the names. I just see them obviously enjoying themselves.

Another kind, sharper because of the brighter light, checking out the quality of the water. Is it good enough?

“Mmm, I’ll have a go.” Lovely cool clean rainwater. Nothing like it to clear out the dust ‘n’ things.

And then there’s this wagtail, noisy little fellow, always announcing himself. Even brought a friend one day. Thoroughly enjoys the bath regularly.

As you can see, just about. They must feel vulnerable in the bath, in and out in the blink of an eye. Predators about perhaps. Kookaburra maybe … but not this time.

And then the bees showed up, and came again for a few days.

Gathering a little water for the hive. … The dark coloured dish heats up in the sunshine but the bees didn’t seem to notice or mind.

I had to work a little to capture one in a more photogenic posture and position or angle. A little sunlight breaking up on the eye.

Hot, hot, hot … but that’s the thing about these hive honey bees. Individuals are expendable – if that’s what’s happening regards the heat of that dish.

As I got the garden going at the new place a birdbath seemed appropriate, and I just happened to have one Kate no longer wanted when she was also moving recently.

I put it where it can be seen from the table where I write this, indoors, and also from the table on the veranda outside where we sit and relax now and again.

The pix are as good as they get from my gear, which was chosen for macro, not for fast moving birds in shadow = slow shutter speeds = blur.

But never mind, a few bees also found the birdbath attractive in recent days. They make up the sharper few – I do like to see the detail.

How can anyone not see the intelligence in nature, isn’t it obvious from the form and function of the small creatures, if nothing else.

Even the rain that’s falling right now, the form and function – fluid in every way, and wets every thing.

Beautiful too, in its own way.

Nature is …

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.

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  1. David said, on 27/03/2022 at 6:53 am

    The bee photos are outstanding. I admire your ability to get the most out your camera both technically and aesthetically.

    • Mark said, on 27/03/2022 at 10:17 am

      Thanks David, appreciated.

      As long as nature presents … :-)

  2. Anonymous said, on 26/03/2022 at 8:28 am

    Blurred, yes, but I love the quality of motion and energy in the birdbath photos! And of course it’s always good to see bees through your lens.

  3. picpholio said, on 26/03/2022 at 6:12 am

    Maybe it was the nice weather that made them make this little swim.

    • Mark said, on 27/03/2022 at 1:07 am

      Most if not all creatures clean themselves regularly, and most birds love a good bath (especially in warmer climes where parasites can be a problem) to keep their feathers in good condition, but also good for their general health.

  4. Rose Robin said, on 26/03/2022 at 5:53 am

    Lovely photos Mark and Katie! That beautiful Lewin’s Honeyeater and the Wattlebird, and the sweet bees are loving that birdbath, so important to have water out for them. I really hope you were ok in the flooding rain Mark.

    • Mark said, on 27/03/2022 at 1:04 am

      Thanks Rose. The flood water passed me by here at the new place. Due to the diligent action and hard work of the owners over a long time I think. I’ll keep up the birdbath for the creatures that need it. Good that it’s from the rainwater tank too.

  5. niasunset said, on 25/03/2022 at 9:57 pm

    so beautiful especially the birds washing… Thank you, Love, nia

  6. kopfundgestalt said, on 25/03/2022 at 7:45 pm

    Even the tiniest insects have all they need to live a life in a way richer than we can.

    • Mark said, on 27/03/2022 at 1:00 am

      In a way maybe because they don’t think and make themselves unhappy, no mental health issues. Otherwise they live on the edge where anything can happen at any moment. But as long as we grow flowers for them they seem happy enough to me. :-)


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