Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
(1/400th sec at f14)
Taken at Barbate, Spain, on November 6th 2016.
(1/640th sec at f14)
© David Hastings
DescriptionL: 45 - 52cm; WS: 82 - 95cm
Slightly smaller than the Little Egret, Cattle Egrets are visiting the UK in increasing numbers, and may now be breeding here. They have yellow or greyish legs and a yellow beak, compared to the black legs (with yellow feet) and black beak of the Little Egret. During the breeding season their beaks become reddish, and they show orange smudges on the crown and chest.
The Cattle Egret is mainly an African species which has spread into Iberia, southern France and Italy in revent years.
They nest in trees and bushes by lakes and rivers.
They often spend time close to livestock and grab insects and worms that are disturbed.