July 17, 2022  •  2 Comments

Cattle Egret--  I wish I could say this photo is from Africa but it was taken at the Aviary in the Queens Zoo.

The short, thick-necked Cattle Egret spends most of its time in fields rather than streams. It forages at the feet of grazing cattle, head bobbing with each step, or rides on their backs to pick at ticks. This stocky white heron has yellow plumes on its head and neck during breeding season. Originally from Africa, it found its way to North America in 1953 and quickly spread across the continent. Elsewhere in the world, it forages alongside camels, ostriches, rhinos, and tortoises—as well as farmers’ tractors.  

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/[email protected]



ALVIN FOSTER(non-registered)
Good focus. Would have liked more contrast.
Vicki Eisenberg(non-registered)
Beautiful. Clean.
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