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. We have never observed a Cattle Egret in Derby.

The Cattle Egret Expansion

10,000 Birds

I’d like to introduce you to a diminutive heron, the Cattle Egret Bubuclus ibis. The Cattle Egret is native to Africa, where it is a familiar sight among herds of large mammals. Cattle Egret is more closely related to herons in the genus Ardea then the species termed egrets in the genus Egretta. Cattle Egret was first recorded in Florida in 1941 (although originally these were dismissed as escapes), and officially bred in Florida in 1953.

Modern Day Cattle Rustlers

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Here is an interesting article about cattle rustling. Known for a distinctive hump at the base of the neck, Brahman cattle are rare here and would be easily spotted at a local auction, leading investigators to think the rustlers already had a buyer — or a butcher — lined up. Crashing through a gate in the dead of night, thieves using trucks and trailers recently robbed a farmer here of 53 Brahman crossbreed cows valued at some $50,000.

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Cattle Egrets in La Paz, Mexico

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The real shock came, when at the last minute, I realized that they were not Greater Egrets , nor the smaller Snowy Egrets , but Cattle Egrets – Bubulcus ibis. With one chance to fire off a quick shot, my camera fixed with the 500MM lens, thru the trees over my head, I was rewarded with a blurry, terrible shot, of Cattle Egrets ! There they were, out in the middle of a very large field, hanging out with, if you can imagine, a bunch of cattle.

Cattle Egrets Eating Herps at the Viera Wetlands

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One of the creatures that didn’t so much cross my path as follow it was a Cattle Egret that seemed to think my car was a suitable substitute for cows. And, when a Leopard Frog moved to escape my car, the Cattle Egret was proven correct. But I wasn’t done with Cattle Egret yet! Cattle Egrets: wreaking havoc with herps wherever they go! …. Birds Bird Behavior Cattle Egret viera

USDA Has Meat Animal Research Center

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A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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There had to be at least 100 or more, and when I got closer, I was excited to find several Cattle Egrets ( Bubulcus ibis ), a species of which a decent photograph had always eluded me. There were not only Cattle Egrets and Great Egrets ( Ardea alba ) but Snowy Egrets ( Egretta thula ) as well. As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley.

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Cow Birds

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It didn’t take much imagination to name Cowbirds or Cattle Egrets or Cattle Tyrants , but there’s more fantasy, even more wit, involved in the naming of other bovine birds. home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds , Terminology / Cow Birds Cow Birds By Rick • March 22, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share So what do Buffleheads and Bitterns and Hornbills have in common?

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Mad Cow Disease Appears in California

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The sale of cattle and calves was a $1.82-billion industry in California 2008 and fifth among the state’s top 20 commodities. Beef cattle are raised in nearly every California county. Nationally, California ranks behind Texas, Kansas and Nebraska in total cattle numbers. Potentially bad news for California Agriculture. Read the full story here at the LA Times.

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Beef Farm's Trucks Burned by Activists

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Animal rights activists are behind the burning of cattle trucks at Harris Farms in western Fresno County early Sunday, according to a statement released by a clearinghouse for activists. The statement purports to describe how the fire, which heavily damaged 14 tractors and several cattle-hauling trailers, was set and says the attack was aimed at "the horrors of factory farming."

Pig Castration in Europe - An Animal Welfare Concern

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This year, the European Commission will issue a research contract, worth up to €1 million for a study into alternatives to the castration of pigs and dehorning of cattle. They castrate piglets in Europe for sanitary purposes (to avoid taint in the meat), but the methods are not terribly humane.

Terri Irwin in Fight with Mining Co.

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The mining company says she only wants the land to expand her cattle operations. A mining company is fighting the widow of Steve Irwin over the use of some leased land. She claims that mining it will damage plants and animals. Looks like a long and nasty fight ahead

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Groups Urge FDA Ban on Feeding Chicken Feces to Cows.Wait, WHAT???

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the nation's largest restaurant user of beef, also wants the FDA to prohibit the feeding of so-called poultry litter to cattle. Well, you learn something new every day. A coalition of food and consumer groups that includes Consumers Union and the Center for Science in the Public Interest has asked the Food and Drug Administration to ban the practice. McDonald's Corp.,

Welsh Report Shows Increased Animal Research at Cardiff University

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By comparison, Bangor University used 1,464 mice and 664 fish, Aberystwyth used 289 cattle, 153 mice and 102 sheep and Swansea used 1,208 fish. Here's an article about an increase in animal experiments at Cardiff University in Wales. According to a Wales on Sunday investigation, the number of animals used at Cardiff has risen by 13 percent since 2006.

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).

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Turkey Abuse in West Virginia Aviagen Plant

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It's even got Chuck Jolley from the Cattle Network riled up. Overlooked this one. Another nasty farm animal abuse story. Whatever you think about PETA, I admire them for exposing this crap. Bottom line: If you’re running a business where you allow the kinds of shortcuts that let animal abuse happen, please sell it and leave the industry now. Find another line of work. If you’re caught by PETA or HSUS, please do not plead ignorance and vow to clean it up. It will be too late.

Agriculture Fears Possible "Cow Tax"

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It would require farms or ranches with more than 25 dairy cows, 50 beef cattle or 200 hogs to pay an annual fee of about $175 for each dairy cow, $87.50 per head of beef cattle and $20 for each hog. I don't know how seriously to take this, or if it's just the ag industry pulling an NRA stunt (ie. knee-jerk reaction to anything and everything.) There was} a proposal Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 by the Environmental Protection Agency to charge a fee for air-polluting cows and hogs.

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Locusts and Oriental Pratincoles around Broome

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They believed there was potential for sheep in those days, but now there are only cattle. The cattle are a cross breed of Brahman and shorthorn, so they can withstand the extreme weather. The cattle are enjoying the new growth and the Oriental Pratincoles have arrived in huge numbers.

Yellow-billed Spoonbills breeding

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We were even more delighted as we followed some cattle tracks to discover not only more bird species than we had hoped, but also more Yellow-billed Spoonbills.

Listen Today on WALO Radio

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The University of Puerto Rico, an "1862" LGU founded in 1900, operates a slaughter facility killing small ruminants -- typically goats and sheep, cattle being large ruminants. Responsible Policies for Animals Members & Friends! Today, March 30th, at 3:00 East Coast time, Susan Soltero of Puerto Rico will interview me live on the air at WALO Radio about Responsible Policies for Animals' 10,000 Years Is Enough campaign to get our universities out of the meat industry!

On Exploitation, OED-Style

Animal Person

The action of exploiting or turning to account; productive working or profitable management (of mines, cattle, etc.). Ian asked about the history of exploit and exploitation according to the Oxford English Dictionary a couple of days ago. I have another post in the works for today as well, but for now, here they are: I won't get into exploit as a noun (e.g., 1755 SMOLLETT Quix. 1803) II. 24 The glory of having undertaken such an exploit no malice.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2016)

10,000 Birds

He and his friend Seth did find one good bird at Jacob Riis Park, a continuing Cattle Egret , which is common across large chunks of the world but was only Corey’s sixth sighting in New York State, with the fifth having been the same individual bird during the week last week. Though Floridians might laugh, the Cattle Egret is Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend.

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Whiskered Terns and locusts

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Attempting a photograph of the cattle beside the highway was pointless, because you only got photographs of locusts! We have been getting some really good rain over the last few days and the highway has been closed going north from Broome.

Come to Puembo Birding Garden

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One guide has been taking care of cattle. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

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On What the Animal Ag Alliance Thinks of Us

Animal Person

Bea directed me to an interview with Dr. Elizabeth Parker , the "chair man " (my emphasis) of the Animal Agriculture Alliance at CattleNetwork, which apparently is "The Source for Cattle News."

Big Cat Week, day 3

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Kilimanjaro in Kenya, lions are attacking Maasai cattle, as they have for hundreds of years. As promised, another sneak peak! Tonight’s program is called Lion Warriors and premieres Wednesday, December 8, at 9PM ET/PT. On the Great Plains below Mt. And the proud Maasai warriors have hunted them ruthlessly in return so that now only about 2,000 remain in the country. If their numbers drop any lower, their populations will not be sustainable.

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Visit the Macaw Lodge in Costa Rica

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

A Lake Reborn… sort of

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My outing’s total count for water-dependent waterfowl, shorebirds, herons, gulls, and terns (I’m leaving land-loving Cattle Egrets out of this count) was around 120; the count for a similar date in 2018 was around 2000 individuals.

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The 20 most common birds in Shanghai (Part 1)

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The Cattle Egret (or Eastern Cattle Egret , to be exact, but that would mess with my alphabetic order) can be seen in farmland around Shanghai. Instead of cattle, it nowadays often follows tractors ploughing the fields and thus stirring up small animals. Birdwatchers tend to like the rare, the exotic – yet many common birds are exciting as well.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

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Cattle Egrets have perfected that smudgy look. Got to cover the home front occasionally, even though it gets harder and harder.


A huge gathering of Galahs

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There are always stray cattle to watch out for, but we prefer to minimize the risk of hitting animals by leaving on road trips until a couple of hours after sunrise. Cockatoo Creek had stopped flowing many months ago, but the water that remained was a good water source for the cattle in the area and also the birdlife. On Monday we went from Broome to Derby. We left home just before 8am when we hoped most of the wallabies had moved away from the highway.

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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.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2019)

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i got my fill of cygnets and goslings this weekend, but the best sighting was an adult Cattle Egret that apparently didn’t realize how far Upstate New York was from wherever it should be. July birding in the Northern Hemisphere may be slow, but you’ve got to love those adorable baby birds! Does anyone out there keep a separate list for fledglings and chicks?

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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. Some of you may well remember the quarry that I wrote about in October 2016.

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Birding Tiaozini again – sponsored by the local government …

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Of course, Tiaozini also has Cattle Egret … … and the usually somewhat depressed looking Black-crowned Night Heron.

It doesn’t take much water to attract birds

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One cattle footprint full of water can mean survival for many bird species. At the shallow natural clay-pan where the three Pink-eared Ducks were hiding in plain sight there were many other bird species.

Some Good News In NJ Farm Animals Case

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The court upheld regulations permitting pig and calf confinement, the transport of ill and injured cattle, and force molting of birds. Thanks to Farmed Animal Net for this information from August 8. In a unanimous decision, New Jersey’s Supreme Court rejected a broad challenge by animal protection advocates to the state’s rules on the care of farmed animals) but struck down regulations that regard husbandry practices as being “humane” merely because they are routine.


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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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Whooping Crane at Joe Overstreet Road

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One of the remaining birds is known to frequent Joe Overstreet Road, a dirt road that runs a few miles through sod farms and cattle pastures between Canoe Creek Road and Lake Kissimmee in Keenansville,about an hour south of Orlando. The first farm on the left, where all the cattle are? He’s usually way back from the road, but he feeds from the cattle trough so he sticks around. And, yes, the setting, a cattle pasture, could have been more pleasant.

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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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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.

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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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A Look at Humane Farming

Animal Ethics

In this film, we see farmers interacting with the animals they will eventually transform into food (chickens, pigs and cattle). The film Partitions (running time: 14 min) by Audrey Kali gives an intimate glimpse of the ethical struggles that five small-scale meat farmers face when their animals are slaughtered. The farmers in the film confront very difficult questions posed by the filmmaker about why they think their approach to processing of meat is different than that of factory farming.

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