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This flock of Cattle Egret are heading across Tallow Creek in Byron Bay to their roosting trees for the night.
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


cattle egrets, ardea ibis, australian, waterbird, flock, sunset, byron bay

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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  • michelle mcclintock
    michelle mccli...over 3 years ago

    wow! fantastic image Deborah :)

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    great photo, well done :)

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • swaby
    swabyover 3 years ago

    So beautiful! Great capture!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture! Wonderful sky! Interesting information also!

  • Many thanks for your kind comment!

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  • vigor
    vigorover 3 years ago

    This is beautiful!

  • Thanks so much!

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  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    A very nice shot Deb. I was surprised to see flocks of these heading out at daybreak when I was in Thailand recently.

  • Thanks Alwyn, yes they were in Bali too. Of course my other comment was a compliment!

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  • Alwyn Simple
    Alwyn Simpleover 3 years ago

    Thanks Deb, That is the way that I took it thank you. I consider you to be a good judge of bird photography and respect you comments. All the best Alwyn.

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    March 6, 2011

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 3 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, amazing work and well earned.

  • Many thanks Andrea!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

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