|Bar-shouldered Doves Geopelia humeralis, Idalia National Park, central Queensland.|
|Diamond Doves Geopelia cuneata, West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory.|
|White-winged Choughs Corcorax melanorhamphos, Canberra.|
|Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae, near Esperance, Western Australia.|
|Zebra Finches Taeniopygia guttata, Serpentine Gorge, West MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory.|
Like other desert seed-eaters (including pigeons and parrots) Zebbies must drink daily.
|Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse Pterocles exustus, Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.|
It was long believed that sandgrouse sucked up water, like pigeons, but this is now known not to be so, as the bird on the left is demonstrating.
|Magnificent Frigatebirds Fregata magnificens, Isla Isabela, Galapagos.|
Like many other seabirds, frigatebirds also drink seawater, so have salt glands above the eyes to filter salt out of the blood, but welcome fresh water when it is available.
|Sumatran Tiger Panthera tigris sumatrae, Adelaide Zoo.|
|Black-faced Impala Aepyceros melampus petersi, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
|Gemsbok Oryx gazella, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
This desert antelope rarely needs to drink.
|male Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
|Springbok Antidorcas marsupialis, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
It is quite likely that fully entering the water makes it safer with regard to lions and other predators
- though not crocodiles!
|Plains Zebras Equus quagga, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
|Giraffe Giraffa camelopardalis, Etosha NP, Namibia.|
|African Bush Elephant Loxodonta africana drinking, Okavango Delta, Botswana.|
|Euro Macropus robustus, Idalia NP, central Queensland.|
|Lace Monitor Varanus varius, Pilliga forest, New South Wales.|
|Butterflies taking water from Amazonian riverbank mud; |
Manu River, Peru (above) and
Yasuni NP, Ecuador (below).
The proboscis of the animal below is clearly visible.