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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.
Taken above West Byron Wetlands
Canon 50D, EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

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cattle egret, ardea ibis, australian, waterbird, flock, wetlands

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  • Angie66
    Angie66almost 3 years ago

    beautiful shot nice work :)

  • Many thanks Angie!

    – byronbackyard

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 3 years ago

    I’ve only ever seen these guys one or two at a time. They are heading home for the night I guess. A terrific shot Deb.

  • Many thanks Al, heading for their roosts for the night!

    – byronbackyard

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    That’s really a beautiful scene. I have never seen a Cattle Egret….

  • Many thanks KatMagic, they’re quite common here, but beautiful nonetheless!

    – byronbackyard

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...almost 3 years ago

    gorgeous capture!

  • Many thanks Charmiene!

    – byronbackyard

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