Snoozing and Sunning (Summer beach birds water ). Photo by icmoore
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Snoozing and Sunning

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Saturday September 1, 2012

Madeira Beach, FL (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: at the beach.

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

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Shutter speed: 9.66 EV (APEX: 28, 1/806 sec.)

Aperture: 5.06 EV (f/5.8)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 125.5 mm

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6. icmoore
12:08 PM GMT on September 04, 2012
Thank you Doesiedoats and Carl! Years ago when I first saw a bird "sunning" I thought it was sick or dying by the way it looked until I went to help it and it flew away :) I have seen Wrens, Cardinals, Warblers, Woodpeckers, Titmouse', Chickadees and many others do this, too. It is a common behaviour and here is some info I looked up on the Internet that may help explain it better than I could:
"Many birds are observed sunning even on the hottest days, however, and it is believed that sunning can fulfill purposes other than just temperature regulation. Sunning can help birds convert compounds in their preening oil – secreted from a gland at the base of the tail – into vitamin D, which is essential for good health. If the birds have been in a birdbath, sunning can help their feathers dry more quickly. It is even believed that some birds sun themselves for pure enjoyment and relaxation, much the same way humans will sunbathe.
The most important reason for sunning, however, is to maintain feather health. Sunning can dislodge feather parasites because the excess heat will encourage insects to move to other places in a bird's plumage. This will give the bird easier access to get rid of those parasites when preening, and birds are frequently seen preening immediately after sunning. It is essential to get rid of these parasites – the tiny insects that infect feathers can cause problems for a bird's flight, insulation and appearance, all of which can impact its survival."


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5. jetcapt
6:16 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
There's my 10 Cathy, great shot.....Carl
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4. Doesiedoats
6:07 PM GMT on September 03, 2012
This is a fantastic capture too!

I agree, I have never seen ANY bird resting
quite like this one.

Thanks for sharing.
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3. icmoore
5:41 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
Thank you so much MissKitty and Crucescruiser!! I agree they are magnificent birds and no worry he was just fine.
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2. Crucescruiser
5:22 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
I hope he's only snoozing, he's a magnificant bird.

An Excellent capture!
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1. MissKitty2
5:15 PM GMT on September 02, 2012
I have NEVER seen a Skimmer snoozing. What a fantastic capture of this one getting in some zzzzzzz's.
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About icmoore

icmoore

My name is Cathy and I first joined WU in 2005 for the great weather info and Dr. Master's blog and then later discovered the wonderful photography community here. I so enjoy seeing everyone's pictures and sharing some of mine. My husband of 41 years and I sold the house we had lived in for 25 years and raised our 2 sons in then downsized to a cottage on a barrier island on the west coast of FL. It's about a block away from the Gulf and we are living our dream now and praying that the big wind don't blow :)

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