When I posted Robin in the Bath, I mentioned that we had two birdbaths.
Hoping for some photos of the nearer bath, I played the waiting game on three occasions. I wanted this bath, partly because it is closer and partly because I might get a reflection.
The waiting game was not fruitful. Out back where we face west, the afternoon sun is very hot, even on a cool day. The birds didn't come, and I had to beat a retreat after about only 10 minutes.
Thinking that the birds might drop by before bedtime, I went out for another try in the evening, but the birds were doing whatever birds do, elsewhere. One hummer did do a brief flyby. No, I didn't get a picture.
Then I figured that they would surely come by early in the morning, so I was on my chair waiting before 6AM. It was a very cold morning, and I sat in warm winter attire, including gloves. I gave that up after about a half hour.
I could never be a wildlife photographer, for I neither the patience nor stamina.
That afternoon, however, serendipity struck. I was near the patio doors but inside when a robin decided that it was bath time. I wasn't about to frighten it off by opening the door and attempting to go out onto the deck, so I shot through the screen.
As you might imagine, the photos straight out of the camera were not great, but shooting in RAW gave me enough latitude to poke them this way and prod them that way until something semi-respectable emerged on the computer screen. I did say, semi.
The robin first came to the near bath, but the photos from that visit didn't turn out so well. It bathed there and then went to the back bath to splash about some more. Finally, it returned to the near bath, and I managed to get a few photos.
I wanted to get a reflection, but it only worked when the water was still, before the splashing commenced, so the photo is very so-so with no action. I would remove the chair leg if I were to edit this photo more, but it is fine for a blog post.
The bird got into its ablutions with great gusto and apparent joy, at least it was joyful to me, the observer.
Shooting through the screen produced spectral highlights in some photos. They are very visible in this ↓ image.