July 3, 2017
Bald Eagle Bath Time
- as seen by -Megan Maher
Majestic. Patriotic. Beautiful. These are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the bald eagle. A phrase used less frequently to describe this bird of prey is “bathing beauty.”
Pausing briefly to give me a curious look as my camera clicked away, the eagle dipped its head into the water, fluffed out its feathers, and sent droplets flying in all directions. It still looked striking, regal even.
Many birds seem to enjoy time in the tub, but the actual reasons for bird bathing are unknown. Studies suggest that splashing about might help to keep them clean and their feathers functioning for weather, water, and flight.