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Cattle Egret


Cattle Egret
Photo Information
Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-09
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-14 5:22
Viewed: 1496
Points: 21
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Spring came early in Florida and this little Cattle Egret wants nothing to do with all the fuss! It was fun watching her attempting to roost while the mister Egrets attempted to mate; she wanted no part of this whatsoever

General
Cattle Egret: Medium-sized, stocky egret with white body and pale orange-brown patches on head, neck and back. Eyes, bill and legs are orange. Sexes are similar. Winter adult and juvenile are white and with dull yellow-orange eyes, bill, and legs.

Range and Habitat
Cattle Egret: Found in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. This bird has not always been found across all these regions; it is believed to have originated in central Africa and then spread to many other parts of the world during the 19th century. Found in open, grassy areas, such as pastures, meadows, marshes, flood plains and swamps.

Breeding and Nesting
Cattle Egret: One to nine pale blue or blue green eggs are laid in a nest made of sticks and vegetation; nests in colonies and sometimes reuses an old nest; often steals materials from neighbors. Eggs are incubated for approximately 24 days by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding
Cattle Egret: Eats mostly grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, flies, frogs, and moths. Commonly associates with livestock or large wild game, feeding on insects disturbed by grazing; also follows tractors in fields. Forages in small groups or singly, walking in a steady strut, darting forward and stabbing quickly with bill to catch prey.

Vocalization
Cattle Egret: Generally silent but emits a simple, husky, quiet "rick-rack" on breeding grounds.

Similar Species
Cattle Egret: Great Egret and white phase Great Blue Heron are much larger. Snowy Egret and immature Little Blue Heron have dark or bi-colored bills.

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Brenda,
Loved your notes. TO THE POINT. Based on the "KISS" principle = Keep it Sweet & Simple.
The image is lovely too.
The colours are well balanced.
Best regards from Mario in COLD COLD Canada.

Hello Brenda,
Absolutely white image in every sense.

Biswarup

Beauty of white, fabulous, TFS

A lovely shot, timed perfectly to show the beautiful plumage..
bravo!!
Goldy

Hello Brenda,
Very good NOTE.
Nice species.I like its pose and white coloure.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards,
Srikumar

hallo Brenda
very nice picture and with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7937)
  • [2014-03-14 11:21]

Hi Brenda,
Very nice bird,amazing colors and with good composition.
Have a good weekend
Regards Jiri.

Bonsoir Brenda,
Agréable valorisation du sujet dans une attitude originale mais la profondeur de champ ne me paraît pas suffisante pour apprécier pleinement la finesse des détails (ou du moins la coordination entre la vitesse et la profondeur de champ ne me semble pas optimale).
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5697 W: 89 N: 14791] (61852)
  • [2014-03-14 13:54]

Hi Brenda,very original pic talking about the position and location,excellent exposure for the best white,just a bit soft the details but were difficult to make better with this mouvement and distance too.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2510 W: 274 N: 4749] (18996)
  • [2014-03-14 17:09]

Hello Brenda,
There may not be a lot of detail in it's white plumage feathers, but I see a softness that really captures my attention. Your photo has an almost magical look to it and the BG is awesome. I love the swirled mixture of light and dark bluish hues.
I am assuming this is the breeding plumage of your Cattle Egret, how pretty. I especially like the pale orange-brown colors in it's crest and breast feathers. The bright orange bill and yellow eye makes a world of difference in it's overall attractiveness. Well done!!
Ron

It was forgotten the magic of your photo, Brenda. You've given this beautiful little Cattle Egret a truly angelic quality. The background of a blue smoke is delicious.

Congratulations and I hope we see more often your works, mate.

Hernán Bortondello
ARGENTINA

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