Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis)

The perky cattle egrets are very common in southern Spain and belong to the scenery of agrarian economy. While other kinds of egrets master the fishing, cattle egrets strut behind the cattle herds and live from the little animals and insects roused by the mammals. As well they like ploughed up fields, where they are often to be seen together with white storks looking for food.

Cattle egrets … well …

They are very worthy their name, but …

… it must not necessarily be cows!

Cattle egrets like to be in the company and mostly are met in flocks:

And these approaches …

… are also taking place to the …

… joint breeding colonies!:

It is always fun to watch these jolly fellows …

… in their ‚busy behaviour':

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