Flight of the Cattle Egret


Yesterday Ann and I made a return trip to the water treatment ponds down at Eldorado, Texas.  Our purpose was to try to get a look at the Black Scoter that was seen there for a few days.  This time we did get a chance to see it.  But as we watched, and as I was preparing to photograph it, it flew off.  Since the ponds cover several acres, and there are five seperate areas we didn’t see it again amidst the hundred of duck species that were there.  So a photograph will have to wait for another time.  It was a lifer for both Ann and I.

However, the juvenile Cattle Egret was still there.  I got a few images of it feeding in the reeds, but my prize was this photo of it in flight.

Cattle Egret in flight

Esposure was with my Canon 7D with a Canon 100-400mm lens.  1/500 sec. @ f8, ISO 250.  Spot metering and aperture priority.

We also saw a Greater Roadrunner running with a captured Red-winged Blackbird in it’s beak.  No photo.  Running too fast for me.  Total species for the two hours again was 27.

  • Ruddy Duck
  • Black Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • American Coot
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Gadwall
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Eared Grebe
  • Redhead
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Canvasback
  • Northern Pintail
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Meadowlark
  • Egyptian Goose
  • Cattle Egret
  • Mockingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Rock Wren
  • Song Sparrow

We also saw one that we can’t identify.  Here are two images of it.  If there are any expert birders out there, tell me what you think.

I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Click on any of them for an enlargement.

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17 thoughts on “Flight of the Cattle Egret

  1. How much I loved this cattle egret again… So beautiful. And you captured a nice flight of her. Thank you dear Bob, I wished to be in nature and to capture one of them too. With my love, nia

    • That is what I thought at first, but upon further review I think it is a winter Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler. I have sent it to an authority that I know, and am waiting to hear from him.

      By the way, Yellow-rumped Warblers around here in great numbers.

  2. Tho’ I am no expert, I spent a few minutes w/ Peterson and his field guide, and my best guess for the mystery bird is an immature male yellow rumped warbler.
    What do you think?

    Mike Z

    • Hi Mike,

      I, too, have been digging into my guides, and I think we’re both close. According to what I read in Stokes guide, I believe it to be a winter Myrtle Yellow-rumped Warbler. (which, of course, could be an immature, too.)

      I sent a picture to Eric Carpenter in Austin for confirmation. I’ll let you know.

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