I haven't had any time for birding lately because we've been busy preparing our house for sale. However, on a recent visit to our doctor I managed to fit in a few minutes watching some Black-bellied Whistling Ducks preening behind the North Cypress Medical Center at Huffmeister and 290.
Preening starts off quietly with the careful re-arranging of a few ruffled feathers.
Then a quick splash to settle everything down.
Now it's time for some work on those harder-to-reach tail feathers.
This is followed by another quick splash.
Now it's time for the difficult part: Getting those wing feathers in order.
There always seems to be one area that requires extra effort.
Now a really good, long splash is called for.
And the end result is a perfectly groomed Whistling Duck.