Etiquette at the Water Hole

Waterhole 1

Waterhole 1

The lion calls a truce with the springbok when quenching his thirst at the water hole. Peace reigns.

The same is true at the bird bath; my own little watering hole in the garden.

Waterhole 2

Waterhole 2

White Eyes lined up patiently to take their turn in the bird bath in the early evening. They waited on the branches above until the bath was free.

Waterhole 3

Waterhole 3

A much larger Cape Bulbul joined in the fun. But instead of chasing off the tiny White Eyes, he waited his turn patiently.

Waterhole 4

Waterhole 4

There was lots of splashing going on.

Waterhole 5

Waterhole 5

And sometimes there seemed to be more eyes than birds!

Waterhole 6

Waterhole 6

At the very end of all the flurry, one little chick took his first dip while Mum watched protectively from above.

All done, the flock twittered off into the trees to preen themselves and prepare for bedtime.

Just another night in the bush in the wilds of Africa!

 

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22 thoughts on “Etiquette at the Water Hole

  1. Ady

    I learn each time something new from nature and you ๐Ÿ˜€ I had known about the etiquette among wild animals but not seen, I didn’t know this held true for birds too ! And the ‘eyes’ !! slightly creepy, wouldn’t want them to look at me ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ You are the only one to comment on the terracotta warrior! He is listing badly after a rough winter! I’ll have to straighten him up as part of my Spring Gardening ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Ha ha….thankfully the birds don’t use him as a perch! Spring Gardening….ah I remember now…like you my host parents in USA would be doing their Chinese theme garden till sundown in Spring. Have a great weekend Sci and I eagerly await your post later today ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. colinandray

    Waterhole etiquette can be amazing. We have a Guide Dogs training centre just around the corner and they host a fundraising walk every year. Last year, one of our priorities was to socialize Ray and, with a certain degree of trepidation, we entered for the walk. Ray was very good throughout the walk but then, he was probably taking cues from the other dogs who were very well behaved……… then we reached a line of water bowls. The Guide Dogs were so good at waiting until a bowl was available before they “moved in” to drink………. and so was Ray! There is no possible way that Ray knew in advance of such etiquette so it was either intuitive, or simply “the thing to do” in those circumstances. Quite remarkable! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Never underestimate the power of the pack! Dogs really do take cues from each other. It is why I get adopt a ‘new’ dog even if my current dog is very old. New dog learns so much more from Old dog than they ever do from me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Midwestern Plant Girl

    I think it’s magical to see how nature can turn off the instinct to kill when it comes to water. Shouldn’t this teach us humans something? Nah, we’re too daff…
    Love the photos, especially the one.. ‘the birdbath has eyes’!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      hehe Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
      Actually, between you and me, when I was researching this waterhole truce, apparently it isn’t as true as we’d like to think. Predators often kill prey at the waterhole! You’d think this would be self-limiting – if the prey does not drink it dies out, therefore do not scare them away from the waterhole. But I guess sometimes it is hard to pass up an easy meal!

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