Many birds, especially honeyeaters, will be drawn to water to bathe at any time of year.
Yesterday afternoon I witnessed a short bathing frenzy in a small bushland pool in the Muckleford Nature Conservation Reserve. The pool was formed from the remnants of a shallow mine-shaft in a gully, filled with silt over the decades and now functioning as a wonderful bird-bath.
At least thirty birds were gathered around the pool, perching in the Golden Wattle and Cassinia between dips.
The majority were White-naped Honeyeaters, joined by smaller numbers of Yellow-faced, Fuscous and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters. After a few hectic minutes the birds finished their ablutions and dispersed into the surrounding bush.