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Cattle Egret

Posted: December 29, 2017 in Birds, Natural History
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A small Egret which used to be very rare in Britain, but whose numbers have increased over recent years along with other members of the Egret family. It is estimated that the Uk wintering population is around 100 birds and a pair bred in the UK in 2008 and individual pairs have nested since then.

The name comes from the bird’s habit of feeding on insects and worms disturbed by the hooves of cattle and other livestock in fields.