Cattle Egret in breeding plumage in June in Derby

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It was clearly a Cattle Egret , due to the orange feathers, but it is June! Cattle Egret should not be in breeding plumage in June in the north of Australia! Cattle Egret have been recorded in Australia since 1948. They are usually observed in flocks around cattle, but this one was alone. We do occasionally see Cattle Egret around Broome, but never in breeding plumage and always with cattle. We have never observed a Cattle Egret in Derby.

Collaborative list – November 2020

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445 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative list – November 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Who remembers birding parties? This virus just won’t give up. With some of the beats locked down still, or again, the birding has been patchy.

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Collaborative List – July 2020

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Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative List – July 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask?

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Where I Went Birding that Third Weekend of September 2020

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There was the Botteri’s Sparrow giving a larger Canyon Towhee a piece of its mind, on my way into town: The reservoir itself was underwhelming, only offering me a collection of white Egrets (Cattle, Snowy and Great) and a single Great Blue Heron.

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Windjana Gorge in 2020

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As we all well know there is something very different about 2020. Following on from our first camping trip for 2020 we took another camping trip a bit further afield. Having observed the Cattle Egret in breeding plumage at the Derby Poo Ponds on June 19th we found ourselves at Windjana Gorge first thing the following morning. We soon added Sandstone Shrike-thrush to our 2020 bird list and it is a great place to find them without too much walking.

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Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020

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Cattle have been in the area and so there will be small remaining pools from their hoof prints if rain does not come to the area soon just like last time. The post Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Collaborative List – September 2020

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217 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative List – September 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Redgannet has dropped off the radar.

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Collaborative list – April 2020

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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). The post Collaborative list – April 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows. Other sightings have been included from legitimate outings for work and exercise (at all times maintaining a respectable distance). 7 beats contributed this month.

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Collaborative list – March 2020

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Cattle Egret ( Bubulcus ibis ). The post Collaborative list – March 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Lady Helen has often made the point that we get very little opportunity to spend quality time together. The old saying “ be careful what you wish for ” comes to mind. I wonder how many of us will be able to cope with the coming weeks (who knows how many) of quality time with our nearest and dearest? Staying at home saves lives; that has been made clear.

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Collaborative list – October 2020

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646 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative list – October 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Fall is well and truly underway and the shoreline is filling with waders and wildfowl. October has seen the return of closer to normal activity for the beats and collaboration has been as high as it has been since February. Included in the numbers are 2 new life-listers; a Long-tailed Koel from Duncan and a White-throated Rock-Thrush from Kai.

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Collaborative list – August 2020

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Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative list – August 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Mike complains of a dearth of birds in his BBOTW post for the last weekend of August and I am sure that many of us know exactly how he feels.

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Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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This is my year list for 2020, the list of the bird species identified from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020. It’s going to be good, it already is, I wish all you other birders out there a fantastic, fulfilling year of birding in 2020! Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis; Tambor, 3-Jan. The post Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica appeared first on 10,000 Birds. It’s January and another year list begins.

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Collaborative list – January 2020

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For 2020, the list will only contain the relevant month’s sightings to avoid huge, bulky posts as the year progresses. These are the opening stats for 2020. 17 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 28 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 10 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 25 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 18 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 02 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020.

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Collaborative list – June 2020

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102 Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. The post Collaborative list – June 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. So, just as our heroes head back out into the woods, the woods go quiet. After their incarceration, a bit of birdsong would be just what was needed to lift the beats back to their normal ebullient selves but, alack and alas, summer approaches. But in bigger news, could this be the month that UK outbirds Costa Rica?

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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I dread to imagine what Yellow-billed Cuckoos from Illinois, Missouri, and elsewhere will find when they arrive on these wintering grounds in 2020. On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves.

Food

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Cattle Egret. I am probably one of the least qualified people to write a post with this title, as my interest in food is quite limited, as long as I do not go hungry.

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Hawking for Nighthawks

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The cows and their entourage of Cattle Egrets sloshed through the pastures, each time they moved we lurched forward hoping to see a disturbed Grey-breasted Crake hop into view – but alas, no such luck even though we were hearing the little skulkers consistently.

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Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

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If you see 50 cattle egrets following a plough on a rice paddy, less so. A few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in August

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Cattle Egret … though some of them seem to want to hide (which is really difficult for a white bird).

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Birding in the Delhi area Part 1

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Cattle Egret. Doing what cattle egrets do: communicating with cattle, even though these tend to be somewhat dull conversation partners. One of the many things I did not know about Delhi is that it is the capital city with the second-largest number of bird species (after Nairobi). So when I went there for work last year, I added three days of birding to the trip. Most of the time was spent in and around Sultanpur, a highly recommended bird sanctuary about 50 km from Delhi.

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Planning and executing birding plans in the times of corona-virus

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The first thing to appear was its yellow bill – a locally rare Cattle Egret ! “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Like many of you, I had plans for this year’s spring migration: to bird the very best tour of the Balkans, heading for northeastern Greece. First, 800 km of driving from Belgrade through Bulgaria to very NE corner of Greece and the Dadia Forest National Park with its 36 species of diurnal raptors, out of Europe’s 38.

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The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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Cattle Egret 16. What happens when you put a naturalist in a kayak, adrift in Africa? There are no crocs around here,’ said a smiling bartender. I think the warlord Mzilikazi must have had a similar smile while raiding the Bahurutshe, not far from where I dropped my paddle into the river.

Birding Mkuze

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Cattle Egrets using public transport. Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography. In particular, there is one hide that is built over a watering hole, allowing great views of both birds and mammals (though for a dedicated bird watcher like me, those are more of an obstacle than a bonus).

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

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If you wish to see a full list for 2020, you can find it here. . The post Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up. The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough.

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The Dracula Bird

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But all this changed with the arrival of Europeans, and their cattle. Also, as ranchers increasingly moved their free-range cattle into feedlots, they settled down and became incredibly numerous. I hope you will forgive my rather lurid title. No, I am not going to tell you about some blood-sucking bird with hypnotic powers. I am only responding to my subjective impression of a single species’ appearance here; specifically, that of the Bronzed Cowbird.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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A big thank you goes out to The Management and beats for their contributions and may you all have a happy and productive 2020. Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. They came home exhausted.

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Racking up the numbers

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And while all three of our common Egrets ( Great , Snowy , and Cattle ) are to be seen everywhere you look, only the American White Pelicans are as common as the Shovelers and Pintails. Shallow person that I am, I do care about that Top 100 button on the eBird menu. I am also very susceptible to that once-a-year thrill of a House Sparrow or a Eurasian Collared Dove actually meaning something.

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Collaborative list – Year list 2020

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The idea being that putting December and the 2020 year review in the same post may prove to be listing overload for some. This year you get two listy posts for the price of one. You lucky, lucky birders!

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Fish Creek to Buffalo

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When I returned to the small dam where there had been so many Australian Wood Ducks earlier in the day I discovered that the eleven cows had been joined by two Cattle Egrets. There had been quite a few Cattle Egrets in the area until recently and so it was good to see them for the first time in 2020. Two Cattle Egrets with four cows! Over recent weeks I have been able to share some of my observations along the Great Southern Rail Trail in Victoria, Australia.

Collaborative list – February 2020

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08 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 18 Feb 2020. 14 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 08 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 02 Feb 2020. 11 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 10 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 10 Feb 2020. 02 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 05 Feb 2020. 11 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 08 Feb 2020.

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Birding the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica

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Otherwise, the only birds I saw over the water were a variety of egrets and herons either fishing at low tide or flying past in the morning and evening (like the Cattle Egrets at the top of this post), and a Belted Kingfisher that enjoyed spending time at the east end of the resort. Over President’s Day weekend my family and I took a much-needed break in Jamaica.

Collaborative List – July 2018

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And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight. Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them. 8 beats shared 126 checklists accounting for 704 species.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him. It is also a month when the Law of Diminishing Returns over-took itself.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back. The migrants face many perils, hunters, predators, adverse weather conditions and lack of refueling opportunities due to habitat loss.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis. Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Redgannet missed an opportunity to contribute when he was completely washed out at Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria. Electric storms closed the new walkway there and he amassed a total list of just 3 birds!

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Collaborative list – August 2018

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Is it wrong of me to go birding to get away from the kids now that they are at home all day? August is the make or break month for relationships. Can the whole family live together in harmony during the school holidays? Bravo if you have. Happy birding if you suddenly find yourself single. This month has been a slow one with just 73 lists shared, but far more happy smiling kids on social media, so I guess it all comes out good in the end. 458 birds were seen by 7 beats in 8 countries.

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