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Cattle Egret


Cattle Egret
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-06-21
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-07-01 3:11
Viewed: 1295
Points: 8
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I took this shot in a small park in Kuala Lumpur. It was a low-light situation but some good back-light helped me to get a decent shot of this Egret. Some details from Wikipedia are:

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.
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AKBAR

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2014-07-01 3:18]

Salam Akbar
a very nice and sharp shot of the egret.
Detailed feathers and lovely smooth colors.
Pleasant composition.

Regards
Foozi

Ciao Akbar, great capture of lovely egret in nice pose, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Akbar,
Excellent catch with great details and an interesting pose too.
Best regards,
Joy

Bonsoir Akbar,
C'est beau !!!
Une très belle attitude du sujet saisie dans une belle lumière et sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

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