Preening

A great egret uses its long beak to preen the feathers on its back

I love watching how various animals clean themselves, like this great egret cleaning its feathers by running them through its long beak. One sign an egret has recently been preening is the downy feathers that get stuck to the tip of its beak.

A great egret runs one of its feathers through its beak

A great egret lets its feather fall after preening it with its beak

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