Egret Gang on Western Lake

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  1. Kurt Lischka

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    I see a flock of these guys about once a year hanging out on the lake.They seem more like a gang than a flock to me. They seem dangerous hanging out on the dead tree. Once they lift off they are soft, graceful and beautiful.

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    The cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) is a cosmopolitan species of heron found in the tropics, subtropics, and warm-temperate zones. 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 in the last century.

    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.

    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; wider human farming is believed to be a major cause of their suddenly expanded range. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them.
     

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