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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-27 10:54
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This is a cattle egret that searching insects from a very bored cow :)
I succeeded to catch it at the moment she got her beak very close to the cow's eye. When I saw the picture on the lcd screen I started laughing.
I hope you will like this capture.

Cattle egret - Bubulcus ibis

Descriptive notes.

52 cm, 370 gr, wingspan 95 cm. Stubby and shorter bill than the other egrets.
Bare parts brighter during courtship, non-breeding adult has duller bare parts and little or no reddish buff. Juvenile as non-hreeding adult, with blackish legs. Race coromandus larger, with longer heavier bill and longer legs.


Meadows, fresh water swamps, rice fields.
Least aquatic of herons, occurring regularly in wet pastures, dry, arable fields, can remain for long periods in dry land far from water, sometimes in suburban zones or even in towns.

Food and Feeding

Aquatic insects, locusts, grasshoppers and crustceans, also frogs, molluscs, fish, lizards, small birds and rodents
active feeder frequently followin cattle large mammals or tractors. Most successful when "walking slowly" following cattle.
Diurnal, one of most gregarious of all herons.


Apr-May in N America, Apr-Jul in Palearcric, Sep-Feb in Australia, all year round in tropics.
Colonial often with other speceis. Nests in reedbeds, bushes or trees up to 20 m, sometimes in cities, not necessarily near water.
2-5 eggs incubation 22-25 days, chicks have white down.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-27 11:02]

Hello Elroyie,

Very good composition with a good timing. Good framing. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb light and colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-27 11:08]

Hi Elroyie. Great detail and colours in the unusual shot of the Egret. Good timing and well seen. TFS. Interesting notes

Have a nice weekend.

Hi Elroyie,
Appropiate title!
A delicade egret's job...
TFS, Marta

Very nice shot and cooperation between the two animals. Funny shot indeed. TFS,

Hi Elroyie.Interesting unusual shot. Good timing and well seen. TFS.

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  • bhagya (10)
  • [2008-06-27 16:15]

WOW this is a great pic......

Great take. You managed to get the exposure all in place for both the Heron and cattle.
Best regards,

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-28 1:09]

Interesting one, I liked it :o)))

Really Symbiotic.


I sure love the pic. It takes a lot of trust from the cow to let this sharp deadly bill coming that close. Excellent timing.

Hi Elroyie,

Excellent timing to capture this rare & amazing moment. A fine picture too. TFS.


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