Photography Challenge Day #136

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This heron was cleaning it self. Birds bathe in dust or a shallow pool of water. This helps cut down on parasites and other annoyances.
They will also preen their feathers at least once a day or more often like this bird is doing to keep them neat and in order so that they look nice for potential mates, provide more effective temperature control of their body, and can be used for flight. It is, in essence, similar to combing your hair, except instead of a comb they typically preen with their bill. Most birds preen themselves, but some will preen each other.

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