Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage

I  frequently see Cattle Egrets in my local travels at some small farms with cattle, horses and goats. This is the first time I’ve seen one up close at any of the swamp / marsh areas in South Carolina.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Slightly smaller than a Little Blue Heron, I wasn’t surprised when he disappeared from my sight in the tall vegetation. After poking around a bit he stuck his head up for a look.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

He moved to some shorter vegetation along the edge of the pond and I was able to get to a better angle.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

Finally he stood fully upright showing off his golden head, neck and chest feathers.

Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors
Cattle Egret, Breeding Colors

3 thoughts on “Cattle Egret in Breeding Plumage”

    1. Thanks, Belinda! I was surprised to read that they migrated to South America in the 1800s, then spread to North America in the 1940s. Who knows, they may make it all the way to you.

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