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Cattle egrets

Cattle egrets
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Copyright: ronny hole (ronnyho) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 0 N: 80] (556)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-01-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 7D, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-24 4:31
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Points: 16
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Some Cattle egrets chilling by the riverside in Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

From Wikipedia:
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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funny guys!! good pic and composition.
have a nice day

Great vertical composition, this semicircle of Bubulcus ibis. I had never seen these magnificent Cattle egrets! Thanks for letting me know and so beautifully; friend Ronny!

Hernán Bortondello

Hello Ronny,

Hope you are well. This is an excellent shot of these wonderful looking egrets, looks like they are under the command of someone and are waiting for their turn to feed. The focus is wonderful in a very good light, TFS, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Bonjour Ronny,
Une très belle "fratrie" bien composée dans une belle lumière et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-03-24 10:16]

Hi Ronny,
A very nice shot of this beautiful birds. Excellent details and focus with amazing natural colors.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Ronny,
Like your NOTE.Nice framed this Five friend,standing in a row.Like its natural ambiance too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-24 16:08]

Hi Ronny,magnificent and original perspective,great quality,perfect exposure and quality,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Ronny!
Once again, a top quality shot. Superb clarity and sharpness from a very fine POV. These Egrets lined-up for you and you did a splendid job. Thanks for sharing this great shot,
Best Regards,

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