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Padi Field Trail 7 - Cattle Egrets

Padi Field Trail 7 - Cattle Egrets
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-29 2:02
Viewed: 3254
Points: 36
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As I walked along the narrow trail, in distance I could see these Cattle egrets walking in the padi fields. The came in a group and started to feed on the small fish in the water. As the padi is about to ripe, the water is getting less and choppy. so there is a lot of opportunity for them to catch the fish.
They also surround and walk around cattle to enjoy company, i think they bite some bugs on the cattle skin.
They do come in groups too during the early rainy season to feed on small fish.
When they realise that you are near about 20meter
they would fly.

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 colonized 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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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-29 2:07]

Hello Foozi.

It is nice to see them looking over the fields.
Very well seen and captured with a great POV.
I like it very much.

Gr. Hans

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-01-29 2:14]

Hi Foozi,what a curious and strange way to show us these egrets..ehehe..i like a lot this pic,there is all your wonderful class inside,great sharpness and colors as usual too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-01-29 2:39]

Hello Foozi,
A great shot showing Cattle Egret behaviour!
They don't only rely on livestock to find their food: one forgets that wet paddy fields hold a lot of crustaceans and fish.
These three were well captured with nice sharpness and colours despite the distance!
Thanks and have a good weekend my friend,

Salam Foozi,
A fantastic shot showing Cattle Egret in natural behaviour!
Bravo and TFS.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-29 3:38]

Hello Foozi,
Lovely capture with nice soft lighting, your focus is spot on with good details. Beautiful natural surroundings and composition add a great deal to this image, great job .
Best regards Siggi

Ciao Foozi, lovely trio in the grass, wonderful natural colors, great capture, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Foozi,
Lovely and perfect capture of these cute egrets in their environment.
TFS and regards,

ha!!!!!!!this is very fine and funny scene, I like it, very good moment and photo output my friend Foozi!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-01-29 4:48]

Yaa Foozi,
Assalamualia kum,
Well shot, may this be a long distance and the main subject is well focused as the foreground is in blur. Nice shot, beautiful colours and composition.
I have a desire to visit such lush green fields.


Ciao Foozi. Well done this intrigant and unusal view. Good contrast and details. Well done.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-01-29 5:59]

Another fine image using the paddy field, fine greens dotted by those egrets. tfs.

Hello Foozi,
a splendid picture of these Cattle Egrets among the cars of rice, very beautiful contrast of colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

hello Foozi

beautiful photo of these Cattle Egrets prises sur le vif
in their natural environment, fine POV, fine focus sharpness
and details to the birds heads, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-01-29 10:29]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice photo of these Cattle Egrets. I wait, every minute there can be another head outside the grass. So a dynamic photo. Good sharpness, composition and natural colours.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-29 10:59]

Hi Foozi
Great capture this three Cattle Egret!
Great capture,interesting place to find hims.

Hi MF Foozi,

An astonishingly awesome scene capture from you. The POV/DOF, clarity, details and composition are all flawless!
By the way i noticed that this is your 400th posting. I congratulate you MF on this great milestone!
Thanks for all and have a nice night MF!


salam akhi Foozi
since I didnt see note on your previous post, I cant write about your 400th post. Now, this is 401. Congratulations on your 4th milestones my friend. I wish you many hundreds and for a long time here; inshallah.
This is different from your previous post from Padi Field seri. This belongs to beautiful egrets. The Cattle Egret relatively common here, of course in summer. Nice to see them from your beautiful country. you nicely captured them among long grasses. focus, POV and composition very nice. thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend

Hello Foozi
a very lovely shot of this three Cattle Egrets looking out from the high grass
i love this scene very much,
superb lighting and beautiful colors
Have a great sunday

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