Bathing in danger

Picture of a miner birdWe have a backyard swimming pool and we’re not the only ones who enjoy a dip on a warm summer’s day. Now bear in mind we have a quite large bird bath set up right next to the pool and we keep it clean and filled. But some of our avian mates seem to prefer to walk on the wild side. Particularly the Noisy Miner Birds (that’s one on the left). So (of course) I wanted pictures. It’s a dangerous, dangerous business. If these birds get too wet – they’ll drown.

So here we go.

Picture of a Noisy Miner Bird bathing

The bird has hit the water, gone in far enough to get wet and now he’s working on getting out.

  Here he goes, he’s free, beating up to get into a tree to preen.


They don’t always make it. Sometimes they’re lucky and we’re there to rescue them.

This little guy recovered fully – although it took quite a while.Picture of a very wet bird

4 thoughts on “Bathing in danger

  1. Doug (@AllanDouglasDgn)

    I guess risking drowning to cool off is no more silly than humans who go surfing in shark infested waters… but it does make you wonder; desperate or daredevil? Especially since a much safer alternative is provided. Do you think they yell, “Hey, ya’ll watch this!” before they make their approach?

    1. Greta van der Rol

      They use the pool to bathe all year round – and I do think there’s a bit of ‘hey look at me’. It’s fascinating watching the different ways they have of going in. Some birds dive from a great height (momentum, I guess) others stand on the edge and dive in. I have my heart in my mouth every time I see them at it.

  2. fuonlyknew

    I really enjoy your posts about the beautiful birds you have. i have a similar problem with squirrels. They get in and then can’t climb out. i have rigged a small ramp now and they must know how to use it, since I have not found anymore drowning victims. It breaks my heart when I am not home to resuce them, but it seems I have found something that works!

    1. Greta van der Rol

      I have set up an extra step on the steps of the pool (if that makes sense) so any fros who think the pool is a great idea (or any other animals, really) have a way out. It’s one of the ‘joys’ or having a pool, I guess. I’m so glad your squirrels worked it out.

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