Hundred of Cattle Egrets visited this area yesterday. The large white birds with yellow eyes and bill, and black feet, like to walk in grassy pastures. The flock was on the ground milling around near one of the golf courses that borders the huge next-door ranch here. I also saw Egrets in flight over some of the homes in the large development here where I live.
These Cattle Egrets are not yet in breeding colors and don’t have a faint orangish-brown color on the back of their head and neck and sometimes on their undersides. Cattle Egrets are a bit shorter than other Egrets such as the Snowy or Great Egrets.
The Cattle Egrets, following closely behind a herd of cattle. That is why Cattle Egrets have that particular name. They often eat insects found around and sometimes on the cattle.
This is the largest flock of Cattle Egrets I have seen! I took these pictures yesterday afternoon here in the development where I live in Marion County, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!