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A relatively small snowy-white egret, the Cattle Egret is distinguished during breeding season by its orange crown, neck and breast, with similarly tinted long loose neck plumes. The long sharp, slightly down-curved bill is yellow to pinkish yellow, but becomes bright red during breeding season. The legs are normally grey-green out of breeding season, turning bright red or orange-brown during breeding.
It is a gregarious species and is most commonly seen foraging with grazing stock and in wetland areas.
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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cattle egret, ardea ibis, australian, waterbird, flight, sunset

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 3 years ago

    FANTASTIC !!!!!

  • Many thanks Ann. Best wishes for 2011!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    A beautiful shot yet again Deb. A fav for me.

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 3 years ago

  • Many thanks Hugh!

    – byronbackyard

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 3 years ago

    Brilliant capture,a clear and colourful shot!

  • Thanks so much!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Fabulous shot and so pretty too!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

    – byronbackyard

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