The Black-tailed Godwit is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird. ( it is one of Europe’s larger wading birds). A number of these remain in the UK all year rather than migrate to their breeding grounds in Iceland. We are lucky to have a number of these birds all year round in Titchfield Haven
I spotted this male Blackbird sunbathing today. I had my camera in the van so was able to get a photograph. As a part of routine feather maintenance, the bird adopts a posture in which the body feathers are fluffed up the wings are held out from the body, with feathers spread.
It is thought that for the bird using the sun does two things – It helps preen oil to spread across the feathers and drives parasites out from their plumage.