Cattle Egrets

Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis)

Another photographer and I went to a local stormwater management facility at sunrise to see what photographic opportunities presented themselves. We arrived to see over 1000 cattle egrets roosting and preparing for a day of foraging – probably in the local agricultural fields. Large groups of them would lift off at the same time. From where were could stand, the roosting egrets were backlit by the rising sun.

Cattle egrets grooming before taking off.
Cattle egret in flight.
This dragonfly stood still long enough to get its picture taken.
Cattle egrets roosting.

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