The April showers we have been experiencing in northern Utah have made the grasses a vibrant green, put some much needed water into the Great Salt Lake and have left puddles that the birds and wildlife are enjoying while they last.
Yesterday I was able to photograph a Western Meadowlark bathing in a puddle in a gravel road on Antelope Island State Park under mostly sunny skies.
While the meadowlark bathed in the puddle water droplets flew into the air and caught the sunlight.
The meadowlark splashed around in the water and its chest soon became soaking wet. While the meadowlark seemed determined to take its bath most of the time it still kept an eye on the cameras pointed at it.
It wasn’t long before it looked like all of the meadowlark’s plumage was dampened by the water in the puddle.
For a few seconds I thought the meadowlark was done bathing but it continued splashing, fluffing and shaking.
And plunged as much of the front of its body into the shallow water of the puddle as possible.
And splashed merrily around some more. Let me say I am glad I was photographing this from a distance because I wouldn’t have wanted my lens to get wet from all the flying water droplets.
The April showers we have been having have put a slight damper on me getting out into the field but when I see birds bathing in the puddles created by the rains I guess I shouldn’t complain too much because we do live in a desert and water is a precious commodity for the birds and wildlife. For us too.
The Western Meadowlark only bathed for about a little over one minute and got itself entirely wet before it flew off into the grasses to finish fluffing, preening and drying.
More rain will be falling this week and there will be more puddles for the birds and wildlife to enjoy.
Life is good.