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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, breeding, roost, roosting

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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Comments

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    They really are exquisite during the breeding season Byron! Great capture!

  • Many thanks .. they’re quite a common bird but I agree that they’re just beautiful in breeding season!

    – byronbackyard

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 3 years ago

    Different and most pretty.

  • Many thanks Lee-Anne!

    – byronbackyard

  • ducilla
    ducillaover 3 years ago
    I have never seen these!..Great capture…Dennis
  • Many thanks, they’re common here but beautiful, especially when they have the breeding colors!

    – byronbackyard

  • YouBet
    YouBetover 3 years ago

    Great, super shot!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • DigitallyStill
    DigitallyStillover 3 years ago

    What a magnificent capture here. I saw my first in none breeding plumage in our area/Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Well done!

    Francine
    DigitallyStill

  • Many thanks for your kind comment Francine!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    Outstanding shot!

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    A cattle egret tree. What a great capture Deb. It’s a fav for me.

  • Lol thanks … there’s a whole heap of trees like this full of cattle egrets and their nests, quite amazing!

    – byronbackyard

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Leesover 3 years ago

    Just beautiful! :) I hope you’re safe from the flooding? :)

    Gabe :)

  • Many thanks, we’re ok here but totally heartbreaking further north … the sun is shining through the clouds today for the first time in ages!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trudi's Images
    Trudi's Imagesover 3 years ago

    What beautiful birds and a great capture,love their orange features

  • Many thanks, the orange indicates that they’re breeding!

    – byronbackyard

  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 3 years ago

    LOL You have egrets in a tree and I have ibis!!!! What a great informative presentation….. thanks for sharing this image!!!
    Brenda
    aka Jazzy

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

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