Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis

f5 @ 1/4000s, ISO:640, Nikon D3S w 500mm


"Cattle Egret," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The adult cattle egret has few predators, but birds or mammals may raid its nests, and chicks may be lost to starvation, calcium deficiency or disturbance from other large birds. This species maintains a special relationship with cattle, which extends to other large grazing mammals; wider human farming is believed to be a major cause of their suddenly expanded range. The cattle egret removes ticks and flies from cattle and consumes them. This benefits both species, but it has been implicated in the spread of tick-borne animal diseases.
Christmas, Florida
 
04/19/2016