Merlin, my Bronze-wing Pionus, hates baths, unlike Bandit who lives for diving into the bathroom sink 0r at least a wet washcloth. Merlin prefers a refreshing shower, hand delivered by yours truly.
This makes for not only a very wet parrot, but wet walls, floors, cages, seed cups, and, if you are the person who not only has to squirt the bottle but aim the camera, a wet pajama sleeve.
Merlin takes very energetic showers. Water goes absolutely everywhere as he twists and turns to try to get each feather soaked.
He could care less that I was trying to take his picture, he just kept yakking for me to Spray, Mom, Spray! I didn’t get nearly enough shots of his under wing and tail feathers, but here you can see the beautiful turquoise he hides.
Whoever thinks Pionus are drab has never seen one flaunting the deep blue and shimmering bronze displayed here.
Here’s the upside down maneuver to get water on the back wall as well as under the tail feathers. You can see Bandit, my Nanday Conure, off on his cage in the background. He is also soaking wet, as he had his bath upstairs five minutes ago.
This shot came out with full tail and wing extension. Merlin is just gorgeous, isn’t he? I’m not prejudiced or anything, just asking.
From the other angle, just in case we didn’t get enough gorgeousness facing right.
I love the way the water is beading up on his head. He is staring hard at me because I forgot to keep spraying as I was taking the picture.
Mission Accomplished – water bottle empty and bird soaking wet. Off to the kitchen for a handful of paper toweling to get the water off the plastic floor mat.
I love watching Merlin shower. I call him my little bat because of the way he crawls around on the cage, right side up and up side down, as I squirt him. He looks like a big brown bat right until the flash goes off and then he is brilliant blue.