Good reason to feel blue: Let’s face it — no fish will ever show.
(Question to the bird experts: Are these egrets?)
They look like maybe cattle egrets? Definitely an egret of some kind.
Thanks! No further info on the mysterious poo, btw (too cold to hang out outside) but will keep you informed.
Yes, it is a Cattle Egret, it is smaller in size than the “Great Egret”. They are distinguished by their dark legs and yellow bills. They also have some buff/beige feathers (it’s not dirty!!) which is their breeding coat/plume. Sometimes people call them a Heron (same thing).
That seems to fit! Now that you mention it, they do rather look like the birds you see sitting on cows in India (hence the name, I take it). Will have to look through my old photos.
I thought the same … cattle egret, because of the yellow beak – but they seem to have black legs. It’s hard to tell. Also depends where you photographed them.
Here’s a link about cattle egrets: http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/expert/previous/egret.aspx
The photos were taken in Nuweiba at the Gulf of Aqaba (eastern Sinai) if that helps. In the early morning, I would often see them following the gardener around as he was watering everything with a hose, so I’m guessing they live mainly off worms.
So funny! They look like lane judges at a swim meet! Great shots 🙂
Lol.:) The beach was only about a hundred meters from that pool but they definitely preferred hanging out at the pool.
fabulous picture! yes, they are egrets. I see them in my neighborhood too, but not like this! – rita
I like your humor!
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