Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Sunbathing weather Brrrr

Sunny, 3°, light NNW.

‘Sunbathing' is used by many birds as part of their routine feather maintenance.

The birds will invariably adopt a posture with either their body feathers fluffed up or one or both wings spread to gain maximum exposure of the feathers.

It is thought that exploiting the sun’s rays in this way does a couple of things: It helps to spread the preen oil across the feathers and also drives out parasites that inhabit the feathers.

Garden Stock Dove sunbathing

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