Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

Good reason to feel blue: Let’s face it — no fish will ever show.

(Question to the bird experts: Are these egrets?)

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10 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Blue

  1. astrojaxx says:

    They look like maybe cattle egrets? Definitely an egret of some kind.

  2. Louise says:

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. So funny! They look like lane judges at a swim meet! Great shots 🙂

  5. ritarivera says:

    fabulous picture! yes, they are egrets. I see them in my neighborhood too, but not like this! – rita

  6. frizztext says:

    I like your humor!

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