Just as people, birds and animals seek water to drink when the weather is hot and dry, so do bees. The water in this shallow bird bath at the entrance to the Mountain Zebra National Park is edged with bees and flies taking in much-needed moisture.

Communal taps inevitably drip. Some taps in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park have simple cement bird baths placed under them which both helps to save water and provides for the thirst of bees – lots of them. One actually has to approach these taps with care.

Birds and animals have to approach these watering points with care too.

I was thus impressed to see that in the Karoo National Park not only are bird baths provided under the communal taps, but clear signs warn one to be careful of the bees that will inevitably come to share the water during the hot weather.

Or … perhaps these signs sensitize visitors to the importance of bees and the role they play in keeping our environment healthy.

Either way, it was good to see them.


27 thoughts on “BIRD BATHS AND BEES

  1. Seeing bees congregate at a waterhole always catches me off guard, no matter how often I see it. Somehow it is easier to imagine large herds of mammals at the water’s edge. Considering insects doing the same seems so odd!


    • Put it this way, the bees come to the baths for birds 🙂 Bees and other insects are regular visitors to bird baths here, especially during the hot and dry weather we experience so often.

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