9 photos

The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus Bubulcus, although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the western cattle egret and the eastern cattle egret. Despite the similarities in plumage to the egrets of the genus Egretta, it is more closely related to the herons of Ardea. Originally native to parts of Asia, Africa and Europe, it has undergone a rapid expansion in its distribution and successfully colonised much of the rest of the world.
It is a white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season. It nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water and often with other wading birds. The nest is a platform of sticks in trees or shrubs. Cattle Egrets exploit drier and open habitats more than other heron species. Their feeding habitats include seasonally inundated grasslands, pastures, farmlands, wetlands and rice paddies. They often accompany cattle or other large mammals, catching insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals. Some populations of the Cattle Egret are migratory and others show post-breeding dispersal.
The adult Cattle Egret has few predators, but birds or mammals may raid its nests, and chicks may be lost to starvation, calcium deficiency or disturbance from other large birds. This species maintains a special relationship with cattle, which extends to other large grazing mammals. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them. This benefits both species, but it has been implicated in the spread of tick-borne animal diseases.
Cattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, moon, sephia tone, St Augustine Alligator Farm,  04-29-2014, 7281, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 6518, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, moon, sephia tone, St Augustine Alligator Farm, dry brush effect, 04-29-2014, 7281, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 6519, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 7282, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 7286, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 7338, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 7343, Bird PhotographyCattle Egret, Babulcus Ibis, St Augustine Alligator Farm, 04-29-2014, 7362, Bird Photography

Categories & Keywords
Category:Animals
Subcategory:Birds
Subcategory Detail:
Keywords:04-29-2014, 6518, Babulcus Ibis, Bird Photography, Cattle Egret, Emmele Photography, all kinds of bird, awesome photography art for sale, beautiful bird photos, beautiful birds, beautiful photography pics of birds, bird eggs, bird photo, bird photography, bird photography for sale, bird photos, birdie photo, birdies, birds and such, birds in flight, birds in nature, birds in zoos, domesticated birds, emmelle, flying birds, photography art, photography art for sale, photography for sale, photos of birds in florida, photosop birds, pictures of all kinds of birds, types of photography, wild birds, www.emmelephotography.com