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Cattle Egret
The only member of its genus "Bubulcus" means Cattle. This one is in high breeding plumage showing a deep orange bill and extensive cinnamon-buff on its head and breast. It is probably a female based on the lack of cinnamon-buff plumes on its back. This is presumably the smaller less colorful nominate race, sometimes split as "Western Cattle Egret." It is believed to have reached South America naturally from Africa and spread through the Americas taking advantage of clearing for cattle ranching. It is now common across the southern tier of the United States where it associates with grazing livestock. Its range expansion is arguably among the fastest and most extensive recorded for any avian species.
Anahuac NWR, Anahuac, Texas, USA.
Date taken
20 April 2021.
Scientific name
Bubulcus ibis
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They're really so pretty these guys, though sadly I don't see them in breeding plumage. They're only a rare visitor to Scotland at the moment, and usually only in the winter time.

That's a fabulous picture Joe - well done laddie.

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Canon Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
Focal length
44.6 mm
Exposure time
1/800 second(s)
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566.6 KB
Date taken
Tue, 20 April 2021 12:27 PM
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