Cattle Egret
Bubulcus ibis

f5 @ 1/8000s, ISO:640, Nikon D3S w 500mm


"Cattle Egret," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The cattle egret is a cosmopolitan species of heron (family Ardeidae) found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones.The cattle egret is a stocky heron with an 8896 cm (3538 in) wingspan; it is 4656 cm (1822 in) long and weighs 270512 g (9.518.1 oz). It has a relatively short thick neck, a sturdy bill, and a hunched posture. The non-breeding adult has mainly white plumage, a yellow bill and greyish-yellow legs. During the breeding season, adults of the nominate western subspecies develop orange-buff plumes on the back, breast and crown, and the bill, legs and irises become bright red for a brief period prior to pairing. The sexes are similar, but the male is marginally larger and has slightly longer breeding plumes than the female; juvenile birds lack colored plumes and have a black bill.
Ritch Grisson Memorial Wetlands, Viera, Florida
 
04/19/2016