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Egret: Cattle

Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Oct 14, 2006 7:35 pm

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The veld at Addo is looking so good that the Herons and egrets are everywhere eating locusts amongst the flowers!

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:32 pm

Bubulcus ibis

Habits: Highly greagrious birds feeding on insects disturbed by grazing mammals in grasslands. Often seen on mammals' backs. Sometimes fishes in shallow water. Large flocks gather in evenings around shorelines of damsand pans to drink before roosting. Flies in V-formation to and from roosts. They roost in great numbers in tres or reedbeds. May fly low in high wind.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:46 am

And then What about this one? Little egret?
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 01, 2008 10:54 am

Yellow bill, dark grey feet.

I would go with non breeding Cattle Egret.

Little Egret has a dark bill and yellow feet.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:01 am

The red'ish eye also points to Cattle Egret for me.

The Yellow-Billed Egret is much bigger and the upper legs seems to a shade of yellow contrasting to the much darker rest of the leg. It also has a much longer neck.
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Unread postby Lion Cub » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:48 pm

Hi everyone

Today I have a Cattle Egret in breeding plumage

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Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:04 pm

Help please!!!

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:33 pm

Looks like a cattle egret to me, Val.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby Maxwell » Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:05 pm

It is a Juv. Cattle Egret. Not quite got the yellow crown and nape or legs.
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Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:28 am

Thanks Arks and Maxwell. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Egret: Cattle

Unread postby Scottm » Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:25 pm

The Bluegum and Pine trees in my home village in the Eastern Cape are inundated with various egrets, ibis's and herons, slowly destroying the trees. Here is a cattle egret in its breeding plumage, and further down, a breeding pair. Both slightly cropped, but straight from the camera (no colour enhancement !!)

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:40 pm

At first I thought that this was a cattle egret, but then I noticed that the legs and feet are black, so now I'm not sure what it might be :hmz: I think that a juvenile cattle egret would also have a black/dark bill ... perhaps this is a 'transitional' stage? Seen in Darling in early January 2015.

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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby hilda » Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:00 am

I think it is a non-breeding adult Cattle Egret Arks. They have black legs and feet.
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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread postby arks » Sat Mar 28, 2015 3:03 pm

Interesting, Hilda, since both my field guides (Roberts, Newman) show the nonbreeding cattle egret with pale yellow legs ...... :hmz: And while the juvenile does have black legs and feet, it also has a black bill. Still, it makes sense that it should be some form of cattle egret, since there were masses of them roosting in the trees ovehanging the dam.
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