Seattle Times reader Robert Martin’s photo of a splashily bathing bird in his backyard.

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Photographer: Robert Martin, Des Moines

Photo taken: May 26, photographer’s backyard

Photographer’s description: “I noticed this American Robin taking a bath as I walked past the window. Just had to add to many photos of birds bathing or getting a drink in our copper bird bath. I liked this shot showing the robin throwing the water onto its back. Taken with a Nikon D7000, 80-400mm lens set at 310mm, f5.3, 1/400 second.”

Katie’s critique: “This photo is probably in my top three bird photos of all time — it’s just so good! The motion blur is great along with the water coming off the beak and the splash in the bird bath. The moment clearly makes this frame a gem. Great job using a long lens to compress the background and blur it out so we can focus on the robin.”

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