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Oriental Pratincole drinking

on 3rd January 2009

Birds, as with all living things, need water to survive. This water may come from moisture in their food like fruits and insects. Water also comes from the by products of chemical breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins within the body. However, most birds simply drink water from rain puddles, streams, ponds and lakes.

Drinking free water involves dipping the bill and then tipping the head back to allow the water to run down the throat, as in this Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) photographed by Lee Tiah Khee in November 2008.

This post is a cooperative effort between www.naturepixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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