Great Egret, Cattle Egret and Little Egret

Here is an attempt to identify some of these beautiful Herons I have shot.

Cattle Egret

In Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon

Cattle Egret2

Easily found around fields and wetlands – often riding on the backs of buffaloes, this is so commonly seen that I never, until now, thought of capturing an image, but watch this space for Cattle Egret on Buffalo shots 🙂

Egret catches the dragonfly

Yellow legs, yellow beak.
Egret eyeing a dragonfly, Cattle Egret, Basai Wetlands, Indian HomemakerAlmost finished swallowing a dragonfly.

Cattle Egret, Basai Wetlands, Indian Homemaker

Great Egret looks similar but has long, black legs, and yellow beak.

Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur

Great Egret, Bharatpur, Indian Homemaker

The Great Egret is also larger.

Egret, Great Egret, Bharatpur, Indian Homemaker, IHM

Little Egret has black beak and black legs with yellow feet (not seen in the picture, so I hope this one near Bharatpur is Little Egret – what else can it possibly be – all white with a black bill and black legs?
Another ‘must capture’ in my list.

In Basai Wetlands.

Little Egret, Basai Wetlands, Indian Homemaker

The Great Egret’s yellow beak and black feet are reversed in the Little Egret.

Black beak, Yellow Feet.

Little Egret, Basai Wetlands, Indian Homemaker

 

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Egrets all the way ….

Cattle Egret

As we drove back from Bathinda on a foggy February morning…

Flying…

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2 thoughts on “Great Egret, Cattle Egret and Little Egret

  1. Even I used to think Cattle Egret passé at first! 🙂 It is everywhere around, and also taking a ride on the cows. The one you have captured is in breeding plumage 🙂

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