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Whoa! Bad Feather Day Anyone?

Preening and caring for feathers is a crucial part of keeping a bird warm. On a hot day fluffing can also serve as a way to release body heat. This small Sanderling shorebird is in the middle of a mighty shakedown that could be part of its ritual of feather maintenance.

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Windblown by mghornak on Flickr.