Last week I photographed a Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) bathing at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in Davis County, Utah. I was in a mobile blind (vehicle) and the shorebird was quite comfortable in my presence. I used my Nikon D300, resting on my Noodle, f6.3, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, 0.0 EV and my shutter speed ranged from 1/1600 to 1/2000.
The images are posted in sequential order.
The Killdeer was bathing when we first pulled up and it stopped momentarily.
It soon began bathing again, vigorously. I like the flying water droplets and how the water is running off of the birds back.
The Killdeer would press its body into the water and then rise back up.
Then it would spread out its wings a bit.
Sometimes the Killdeer would dip its head into the water, twist it and fling water over its back. While I wish that some of the water wasn’t in front of the eye blocking the catchlight I am happy that the bird had its eye open in this frame. I love the action shown here.
The Killdeer also bobbed its body up and down without immersing its whole body.
I liked this image because I caught the bill open.
I like the great eye contact in this frame.
And the fluffed up feathers in this frame.
Even 1/1600 wasn’t fast enough to stop the motion blur of the feathers but it did freeze most of the water droplets.
Then the Killdeer stood up and called.
Turned its back and gave us an over the shoulder look…
And it began to preen.
I thought this was a funny pose.
And this one too!
The bird moved away from the water and gave itself a final fluff before it flew away.