Saturday, June 25, 2011

Cattle egret

Continuing with my animal series, here is a photo of a cattle egret, and a cow. Cattle egrets are very common in Guanacaste, our province of Northwest Costa Rica. There are lots of ranches and cattle in the area, which suits the cattle egrets just fine.

Cattle egrets eat ticks and fleas from cattle, but they also hang out near cattle because they feed on the insects that the cattle disturb from the ground. They like to hang around cattle and often they gather in large flocks.

We have photos of Villa Melzi at Bellagio, Italy on our Viva la Voyage travel photo website this week.

6 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

It's a beautiful bird! I guess we could say they have lunch together!

BTW, very funny ELVIS story with your son's sell job for cable tv!

Jarart said...

I love these beautiful birds and what a good service they do for the cattle. I have seen them here but not often. I see them on ranch land in Oregon quite often.

Jack said...

I have seen many other kinds of egrets before, but his is my first known cattle egret. I image hanging around cows is the perfect place for any bird that feeds on insects. It almost seems too easy. They should have to catch the flies blindfolded . . .

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Very nice shot. What a great symbiotic relationship.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

king of the hill it seems

Kcalpesh said...

Nice shot. Here's a cattle egret who was I think lost in the city.... Cattle Egret and a few more here.... Bulbul and the Egret

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