Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

As the name suggests these egrets can often be found in close proximity to livestock and are a common feature of most birding trips around southern Africa. Their bold yet clumsy nature can make them interesting photographic subjects, especially when they decide to hitch a ride on the back of one of Africa’s striking wild animals.

We first recorded this species in March 2010 in Wakkerstroom, Mpumulanga.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve is a great spot for photographing these birds, as besides the large number of cattle egrets, they also have a variety of egret carriers including eland, zebra and rhinoceros. Although the light could have been better on this particular summer’s morning (in February 2013), I still enjoyed the interaction between zebra and egret and the beautiful background created by the zebra’s coat.


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