Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Stampede of White Cattle Egrets for Wild Bird Wednesday



While traveling from the prairie to my cottage on the edge of a forest, I saw "white peg-shaped" objects lined up on the bank of a farm pond. They were so far away, I could not make out what they were.

There seemed to be no movement at all.
Suddenly.....

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they took to the sky. With one fluid motion, moved to the right, circled around, and....
 
 
landed higher on the hill.
 
From a Google search, I learned that a group of egrets are collectively known as a "Stampede of Egrets".
 
 
The White Cattle Egrets are the only egrets with both a yellow bill and yellow feet.
Click HERE to read some interesting facts about them.
 
Although my photos are not of the clear quality I like to post, I thought the story was still worth a link with
 
Meggie Mac
 

12 comments:

  1. Hi Meggie Great to have come across so many of them and then captured them on the ground and in flight. Great info on them. Thanks.

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    1. I guess since Texas is cattle country, there are quite a few of them here. I've seen them in the pastures with the cows, but never sitting on a pond bank before.

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  2. Wow! It's a real treat when you happen upon something in the wild like that. Some lovely photos in your previous post, by the way!

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    1. Well...after all, this is Texas....laughing ! I, often must dodge a deer, as it is crossing the road.

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  3. I love these gorgeous birds, and have never seen so many at one time lucky you. We see a lot of them with the black bulls near the Mediterranean coast in the Camargue, they are quite lovely together, the black and the white. The link was interesting.

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    1. They are fun to watch when they are paired with the cattle. I once saw one with a horse.

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  4. I always wonder how the birds know when to take flight all at the same time! It's fun to see.

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  5. And did you know, Cattle Egrets are cool? Would love to see these birds more around Tucson! You are so lucky to have them near!

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  6. Fuzzy or not--they look pretty good to me. A Stampede eh? Pretty neat. MB

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  7. Great looking birds - you can see them picking up their breeding colours I think.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  8. How I would love to happen upon a sight like this....I would be so excited all my photos would be blurry from me shaking with excitement.

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