Trixie bathes in an empty dog bed.
Downy feathers cling to an American bittern’s beak after a preening session on a rainy winter afternoon. This one was at South Quigley Lake at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, my second favorite place to watch for bitterns on the refuge (and the first if there aren’t tall grasses along the final channel beside Rest Lake, like during the winter this was taken).
A male bufflehead uses one of his adorable pink feet to scratch an itch while swimming across Rest Lake.
A bufflehead leans to one side as she preens as the ice melts on a thawing Horse Lake.
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 red-winged blackbird preens his red feathers.