Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

This species is one of the most cosmopolitan species in the world being common in nearly every continent. In the UK though it is a rare visitor from southern Europe although subject to occasional small influxes. Two recent winters saw especially significant influxes, concentrated in the south-west where the species bred for the first time in 2008.

Some recent Norfolk records were subject to suspicion as a contingent of six birds escaped upon delivery to Pensthorpe a while back, and cropped up at a number of sites around the county and beyond. They were all supposed to be colour-ringed, but in some cases the rings proved almost impossible to see. However, with no reports of ringed birds for some time now, and following two influxes into the south-west, the last well-watched Cattle Egret to appear in Norfolk managed to attract plenty of interest without its credentials being challenged.

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Cattle Egret, Matlaske (Norfolk, UK), 14th February 2009

 

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Cattle Egrets, Castro Marim (Algarve, Portugal), 27th April 2006

 

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Cattle Egret, Flamingo Amphitheater (Florida, USA), 18th April 2013

 

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Cattle Egrets, Elvas (Alentejo, Portugal), 24th April 2006

 

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Cattle Egrets, Elvas (Alentejo, Portugal), 24th April 2006

 

Cattle Egret, Ria Formosa (Algarve, Portugal), 27th April 2006

 

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Cattle Egrets, Ebro Delta (Cataluña, Spain), 20th May 2013

 

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Cattle Egret, Mpatsanjoka, Senga Bay (Malawi), 9th October 2008

 

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Cattle Egret, entrance to Nyala Park (Malawi), 21st May 2011

 

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Cattle Egrets, Liwonde (Malawi), 26th May 2011 (the lower right one is on an Elephant)

 

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Cattle Egrets, Cape Maclear (Malawi), 18th May 2011

 

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Cattle Egret, Wakodahatchee (Florida, USA), 25th April 2013

 

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Cattle Egrets, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

Cattle Egret, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

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Cattle Egret, Mpatsanjoka, Senga Bay (Malawi), 9th October 2008

 

Cattle Egret, Brawley (California, USA), 23rd April 2005

 

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Cattle Egret, Loxahatchee (Florida, USA), 26th April 2013

 

Cattle Egret, between Fontvielle and Raphele (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 29th May 2000

 

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Cattle Egret on the back of a sheep, Vallee des Baux (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 30th May 2000

 

Cattle Egrets, near Gimeaux (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 30th May 2000

 

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Cattle Egret, near Gimeaux (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 30th May 2000

 

Cattle Egret, Camargue (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 25th May 2000

 

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Cattle Egret, Fontvielle (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 30th May 2000

 

Cattle Egret with cattle, Mas de l'Ilon (Bouche-du-Rhone, France), 12th September 2002