Water supply

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Subject: Water supply
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2005 15:57:47 +1000
Walking around the Bot Gardens this morning I was struck by the number of Crimson Rosellas drinking from upright sprinkler heads. I have noticed this occasionally in the past, and sometimes currawongs and ravens and yellow robins doing the same thing, but today I saw Crimson Rosellas engaging in it on six separate occasions. This might just mean that there are a lot more Crimson Rosellas looking for water. Alternatively, as there are other water sources about in the form of puddles etc is there something about these sprinklers that makes them more attractive to the rosellas? eg are they more comfortable or less vulnerable drinking perched than on the ground. It does not seem to matter that the water-ooze might be very slight or what part of the sprinkler head it is coming from - or that if there is more than one bird only one can drink at a time. Surely it's not the chlorine - or the fluoride. They don't even have teeth

               Geoffrey Dabb
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