Monday, September 11, 2017

Cattle Egrets


Happy Monday everyone!

I am sharing one of my favorite birds seen in Florida. We saw many of the Cattle Egrets at the Circle B Bar Reserve near Lakeland Florida. During the breeding season they have pretty tan or golden feathers on their head, chest and back. They are smaller in size compared to the other Egret species. They are all white with a yellow bill and legs.

BTW, I hope Florida and my friends and family there have all safely survived Hurricane Irma. I also hope all my favorite birding spots, birds and wildlife have survived this storm.


If you click on the photo below you can see some of the Cattle Egret below that have the golden colors on their head.


These two Cattle Egrets were seen in Baltimore County Maryland. So they are found up and down the coast during the summer season.


A few more Cattle Egrets seen at a local Florida preserve.  They eat insects on gassy fields.




I hope you enjoyed my Egrets photos and post.
As always I thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.


Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes


Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

69 comments:

  1. We used to see a lot of them in central Florida. I haven't seen as many up here in north Florida.

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  2. Hi Eileen,
    marvelous photos of those wonderful birds. Fabulous !
    I pray for Florida and the humans, the animals and the birds there.
    Best regards, Synnöve

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  3. I have seen some birds that look like these in my area. I am not sure whether they are of the same specie. They are lovely birds.

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  4. Lovely shots of the Cattle egrets Eileen, we are begining to see more of them in the UK, like the little egret numbers are slowly building. I worry for the wild lif in Florida at the moment.
    All the best, Gordon.

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  5. Muito lindas! Adorei! Ótima semana! bjs, tudo de bom,chica

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  6. Great looking birds - and its one we have here as well.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  7. Ironically, Cattle Egrets were probably originally brought to South America by adverse weather conditions and have subsequently populated a good portion of North America. I wonder what might have been driven onshore by the recent hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

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    1. I wish I was there to see some of the rare bird sightings that come in from the storm. Thanks for your comment, enjoy your day!

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  8. Hari OM
    They are lovely, aren't they? I add my fervent wishes that the storm affected the least amount of people and place... Ma Nature has really been angry this year... YAM xx

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    1. Ma Nature can be angry at times, these storms and wildfires are dangerous. Happy Monday and thanks for your visit.

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  9. Hello,

    Beautiful photos of The Cattle Egret! They was very cute.

    Happy Monday!

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  10. ...I enjoy seeing them on Maui.

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  11. Mornin' Eileen, I was intrigued by the name "cattle egret" and wondered about it so I went and found this -

    The short, thick-necked Cattle Egret spends most of its time in fields rather than streams. It forages at the feet of grazing cattle, head bobbing with each step, or rides on their backs to pick at ticks. This stocky white heron has yellow plumes on its head and neck during breeding season. Originally from Africa, it found its way to North America in 1953 and quickly spread across the continent. Elsewhere in the world, it forages alongside camels, ostriches, rhinos, and tortoises—as well as farmers’ tractors.

    Now I can see where it gets the name from. Very interesting bird. Great photos and I hope they survived, too.
    Have a great day.

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    1. Hello Carol, I have seen these Cattle Egrets riding on the backs of the wild ponies in Chincoteague Island Virginia. Thanks for your visit and comment. Happy Monday!

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  12. Delightful photos of the cattle egrets Eileen. I saw these everywhere at the Outer Banks. Many near the wild horses. Happy Sunday and have a great week:)

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  13. Hi Eileen beautiful birds and beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing. We pray Florida people are OK. Have a great day. Jo

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  14. Adorable egrets! Hope you have a great day

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  15. Hello Eileen,
    Nice pictures of so many Cattle Egrets.
    They are so wonderful.
    I saw them only in real in the Zoo.

    Have a nice day,
    Marco

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  16. Let's hope Irma spared not only humans but also animals, as many as possible!
    Nice photos of funny birds.
    Have a good week!

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  17. Wow, they're so cute! I haven't seen egrets yet and I hope to see them someday.
    Thank you for these beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful week!

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  18. Beautiful photos of these fascinating and wonderful birds, Eileen! I hope you have a great week ahead! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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  19. I've always enjoyed seeing them. Great photos.

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  20. I love them, you have the Cattle Egrets really close. Beautiful photos.

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  21. They are pretty birds, Eileen! And, the golden markings make them more attractive. I do also hope your family, friends, and, the wildlife, have been unharmed by Irma's wrath! Have a great day, Eileen!

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  22. Lovely to see the egrets, I used to see egrets a lot when I lived in Malawi, but we don't get them very often in Scotland

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  23. Love their puffy heads! Yes, I hope that the wildlife has survived the hurricane.

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  24. I love the fluffy heads. Too cute.

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  25. I wonder what happens to the birds during a hurricane! Th winds must make it impossible for them to hang on to tree branches.

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  26. I've never seen these guys - they're rather lovely!
    I hope you'll come share at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2017/09/pop.html

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  27. Just look at their fluffy heads. It makes me want to gentle ruffle their feathers.

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  28. Good shots of the Cattle Egrets..They are plentiful for sure..Enjoy your week..

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  29. Those fluffy heads are adorable! I too wonder how the birds handle a hurricane...

    I have some quilting blogger friends and a gardening one ; they've all checked in here and there and are doing okay. ( You start to worry about your blogger-friends the same as you would do about family! :)

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  30. Amazing pictures. That is a good point. What about the wildlife in these disaster area?

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  31. When I go walking in the morning, I see an egret everyday day..

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  32. Oh, I did enjoy seeing them...they are so pretty!

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  33. Egrets always make my heart beat a bit faster. Lovely.

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  34. They are very handsome birds, Eileen. I am so worried about how all the wild things fared.....sending wishes for a lovely week. xx Karen

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  35. Hello Eileen,
    Indeed it is time for youngsters to regroup!
    We have many here too and it is a species I enjoy very much!
    Lovely post and photos,
    Enjoy your outings, hugs from France :)

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  36. Hi Eileen. Well, I see them almost everywhere I go, here and aborad but I never tire of Cattle Egrets - a lovely bird to see and watch. Thanks for reminding me.

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  37. Wonderful birds Eileen and I too pray for everyone affected by the storm.
    Wishing you a lovely week.

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  38. I LOVE to find them when I am birding... I found them in southern Virginia Beach and northeast corners of North Carolina that I have visited so far. They are quite cute! I even saw one sitting on a horse! Ha! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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  39. Great cattl egret photos. The fluffy heads of first photo look so cute.... We don't have this egret in our country, until now I have not seen them or heard of them.

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  40. Excellent photos! I like seeing them too. I even had one in my backyard one time.

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  41. very cool golden crowns, i have never seen that before. beautiful captures, they sure do hang in large groups!!

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  42. Eileen - they are so pretty. The first shot is my favorite!

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  43. Hi Eileen! they are beautiful! have a lovely day!

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  44. Hello Eileen! The egrets are so beautiful. Great photos. Have a nice week!

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  45. Cute!!! Eileeen. They are all beautiful white.
    Beautiful report.
    Besos.

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  46. Wonderful to see so many Cattle Egrets Eileen

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  47. I enjoy all I learn about nature and birds visiting you, Eileen. You are a great resource. Love the first photo with those fluffy heads! Hoping the best for Floridians and the rest of the southeast!

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  48. Those egrets are so beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing those amazing images with us:)
    Henry

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  49. I enjoyed your series of the cattle egrets Eileen. They're one of my favorites...especially during breeding season.

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  50. Good morning! You take us to the prettiest of locations, but especially nice are the Egrets you are so lucky to catch all the time! They are such a beautiful and graceful creature!

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  51. Just love those fluffy heads!
    Lovely to see all of your Egrets photos ...

    Hope the week is going well for you.

    All the best Jan

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  52. It is wonderful to see those egrets, Eileen! We've been seeing and hearing geese and sandhill cranes who seem to be congregating these days. I bet they're getting confused, though, by our high temps this week. It's in the 80s! Have a wonderful week, Eileen.

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  53. one of my favorites as well. First time I saw one of them was in Camarque, sitting on a horseback. Was a cool sight. :)

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  54. I love the puffy heads and regal bearing of the egrets... Michelle

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  55. Egrets are so cool ... the Fonzy of the bird world

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  56. Great photos!
    I have seen Cattle Egrets here in Mississippi only once. It was during the Winter, so I have not seen the breeding plumage
    Hope you are having a great week!

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  57. Dearest Eileen; Oh My, aren't Cattle Egrets gorgeous♡♡♡ I remember clearly about the happy feeling when I found them myself in the rice paddy. I've compared the difference p:-)
    Have a WONDERFUL rest of the week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  58. Hello Eileen,
    the couriers are really awesome !!!!!
    In the Netherlands you will not see them often but they are beautiful to see.
    Your pictures are therefore super nice with these drivers!
    Greetings

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