BENCE MÁTÉ

WATER AS AN ELEMENT IN A BIRD PHOTO

Water is a source of life for birds; it is also an interesting element in a photograph.

Like most living things, birds consist mostly of water and need to replenish regularly. Birds get water by drinking and from the food they eat. To regulate their body temperature, they lose water through their skin and respiration; the more they lose, the more they need to consume. The loss of water does not necessarily occur the most in hot weather; more is lost with physical exertion, which is higher than normal during courtship, breeding time, and migration—hectic times in a bird’s life. These are the times when activity around the drinking pond is at its most feverish. Birds arrive to drink and bathe because ...

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