Check My Mohawk
|Copyright: Karl Daniels (webphoto)
|Date Taken: 2010-01-09|
|Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon 600mm f/4 L|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1250 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-01-18 11:55|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Don't Mess with me and my mohawk....|
Im Sure this is the Cattle Egret,
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. 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 stocky white bird adorned with buff plumes in the breeding season which 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. Unlike most other herons, it feeds in relatively dry grassy habitats, often accompanying cattle or other large mammals, since it catches 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 removes ticks and flies from cattle, but it can be a safety hazard at airfields, and has been implicated in the spread of tick-borne animal diseases.
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- [2010-01-18 12:14]
A species not too common in my country and that I never seen...thanks for sharing
I was amazed at these birds lovely colours when I saw one featured on the gallery the other day whilst in breeding season. The colours are incredible beautiful. Only when I read the note I saw that it was a Cattle Egret, just as you claim the one in your image to be, and if not it is very similar to the Egret. You have captured this bird in lovely side view pose not only showing its posture beautifully, but also the size of its yellow beak and eye and most of all, the crest standing all rigid as if it has just been combed for the shoot. Indeed a very photogenic bird, which you have photographed well. The green leaves highlight details like its plumage to its best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.