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These really are called Cattle Egrets.  I thought I would show these smaller of the egrets with both gorgeous horses and the more familiar cattle.  I snapped these pictures from the fences of both a horse farm and a cattle ranch.   Both the horse farm and that cattle ranch are in an area Northwest of Ocala, in Marion County, Florida.

I was amused at seeing Cattle Egrets paying attention to the horses.   The egrets flew along as the horses ran around their very large pasture.  These egrets eat grains and insects so following along with these large animals makes it possible for them to find an easy meal.  As far as I could see, the larger animals did not seem to mind.  No, the egrets are not parasitical, but they do take advantage of what is a natural situation.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "Cattle, er, Horse? Egrets" (11)

  1. Pretty smart birds!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, the Egrets sure do have instinctive behaviors. My hubby says he saw a flock of Cattle Egrets follow a tractor mower in a pasture. Guess big and moving works for them. Also cutting grassy hay brings food. Have a pleasant day today!

  2. they are cute and fast buggers. 🙂

  3. Very nice photos. This is one of my wish list birds, but only a few are found in Iowa. I am surprised they do not get stepped on by the big animals.

    • Hi Birding Bunch, The Cattle Egrets seem nimble for birds as large as they are. One did come close with a horse that seemed annoyed. By the way, I just now saw a Pileated Woodpecker across the street in a Pine and then an Oak. I managed to get a few pictures which will appear here on, yes, Wed. next week. Have a great weekend and thanks for your always nice comments!

  4. I love the cattle egrets. Great shots, the horses are pretty too. Have a happy weekend!

  5. We see the Cattle Egrets around here also–in the country. AND–they’ll follow most anything which is moving in the fields.. ha… Guess they are looking for food wherever they can!!!! Great photos, Linda.

    • Hi Betsy, Thanks! Yes, these egrets are plenty opportunistic. I do recall seeing Cattle Egrets in farm pastures around TN and KY on occasion. Have a tremendously nice weekend!

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