Saturday, 24 September 2011

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

A selection of portraits of what I think is a very elegant bird.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/250th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 640


Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/500th sec, f/9, 400mm at ISO 640



































Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/160th sec, f/8, 400mm at ISO 500



































Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/800th sec, f/5.6, 400mm at ISO 640

5 comments:

  1. Love cattle Egrets,love these more.
    Superb Images Tim.
    John.

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  2. Yes very elegant Tim. I have never seen one yet. Superb images.

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  3. Gorgeous colouring. I wasn't aware of these in the UK, is it usual?

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  4. Hi Toffeeapple. These were shot at Pensthorpe, although according to the RSPB "cattle egrets are visiting the UK in increasing numbers. They often spend time close to livestock and grab insects and worms that their hooves disturb". The last sighting in Norfolk was in 2006 (BTO figures) and the last in your neck of the woods – Buckinghamshire – was in 2002. Interestingly, in 2008 they bred in the UK for the first time at an undisclosed site.

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