Egrets after lunch!

Rather lovely to see one in his breeding plumage

Just a few days before we left Portugal in April we spied a heronry of cattle egrets on the wild patch of ground behind the apartments. It had been a very wet April and so small lakes had appeared. Perfect for Cattle Egrets!

Bubulcus ibis
Can you spot the second one?!

Their Portuguese name is Garça-boieira, and their scientific name is Bubulcus ibis. You may have also heard them called cow crane or even elephant bird from their trait of following animals and removing insects and ticks from them.

I was so delighted by seeing the beginnings of their glorious summer plumage I completely failed to take a photograph of the whole heronry!

Cattle Egret

Still as you can see I did manage to capture two in one shot and also took a rather lovely one of the meadow grasses, and a couple of photographs of another Egret species as well as a few other birds who were taking advantage of the water and insects. There would have been more, but it was at this point I realised the insects were taking advantage of us so we returned rapidly to the apartment!

20 comments on “Egrets after lunch!

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  2. They are handsome birds aren’t they? I’d get eaten alive near that water!

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  3. I love stalking Cattle Egrets. MY quest is an Egret on the back of a cow 🙂

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  4. Beautiful captures! 😊


  5. Is this a young one? He looks rather handsome 🙂

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    • He’s gorgeous isn’t he. Definitely an adult because of plumage but could be in his first year. I don’t know how to tell with egrets, now if it been a flamingo I could have told you straight off!

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  6. janesmudgeegarden

    Lovely photos of these beautiful birds: it looks like the perfect spot for them. I also liked the meadow flowers.

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  7. Lovely pictures, I can almost hear the birds. And I’ve learned a new word ‘heronry’, so not just pleasurable but educational.

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  8. The birds are lovely but I particularly like the meadow blooms. The flowers are so delicate.

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  9. Yes, I spotted the second one 😊 its enjoyable watching birds in their natural habitat. Good post, Becky.

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