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Large Bird Bonanza

Cattle Egrets

Cattle Egrets

Little Blue Heron

A Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egrets, A Little Blue Heron, and American White Ibis all have been visitors to the development where I live here within the last week.  We have had plenty of rain in recent days so the rainfall collection basins are now somewhat wet with between several inches and a foot of water in them.  These basins usually are dry and have a lot of grass and a few native weeds within them.  The basins are now attracting various large wading birds.

I had one Cattle Egret surprise me by perching in a large bush in my neighbor’s front yard a couple of weeks ago.    The flock of Cattle Egrets in flight were flying fairly close to the nearby cattle ranch that borders this development.  The Ibises have been here on my street at the rainfall collection basin several times in recent weeks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

American White Ibises

American White Ibises

A Cattle Egret

A Cattle Egret

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Comments on: "Large Bird Bonanza" (10)

  1. i’d love to see a little blue. and a tri-color. and a reddish egret. they’re all on my ‘wish list’. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, I do hope you get to accomplish your sightings! I hope to see a Flamingo in the wild – I did see one at a very great distance in flight but now that I think of it, it may have been a Spoonbill – it was in the Galveston/Houston, TX bay area by the way. Have a fine day today and a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  2. The little blue heron, i LOVE the reflection in that picture, also the bright watery grass. I never heard of Cattle Egrets, do they hang around cattle…and for what purpose?

    • Hi Ginny, Yes, Cattle Egrets live around cattle and often follow the herd. They eat insects and seeds near the cattle. Not to be graphic about it. Have a wonderful Tues. tomorrow!

  3. The heron, egret and the ibis are all wonderful birds! You are so lucky to live in an area that attracts these pretty birds! Great photos! Have a happy day!

    • Hi Eileen, I think so too! Lots of critters in my area to watch and photograph. Saw a flock of about six Ibises early last evening about two blocks from my house – two went up into the Pines because a lady was walking past on the street with her dog. The Ibises were in a larger rain basin here. Have a super good Tues. tomorrow and thanks for your always great comments!

  4. It’s nice to see this different assortment of birds. Many are quite large!

    • Hi Montucky, What’s especially remarkable is that these birds are found around homes that have been here more than 30 years in a high-density neighborhood. There is, however, a lot of open space and a lot of green-belt lawns here. Have a great Tuesday tomorrow!

  5. Lovely photographs.

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