none; Paul and Polly Wren Neldner
Species, Date, Time and Location Information
Duration (total time in view):
La Veta Town Lakes
Pasture near lake. Some willows and cottonwoods in the area
Swarovski 8.5X42, Swarovski 10X42. 500mm lens
Nice clear morning. No haze, excellent morning light
Description of the Bird
White egret around 20" tall with long pale orange plumes, pale orange head and chest. Yellowish beak with yellow lores. Pale iris.
Behaviors: Bird was actively foraging for food. It would alternately pull it's head in very close to it's body and then stretch it's neck forward while stalking and foraging.
For what it is worth, the bird was in following a cow. While the Cattle Egret knew it's relationship to the cow, the cow did not recognize the it's relationship to the bird and kept trying to run it off.
Call: Bird was not calling
Similar Species Discussion
Pale orange plumes, crown and breast and size eliminated Great Egret. Pale orange plumes, crown and breast, and foot color eliminated Snow Egret.
We have much experience with Cattle Egrets having seen them in Central and South America and in Kenya and Tanzania. We also saw one 9 years ago here in Huerfano County
Notes made DURING observation
Date Documentation Submitted
4/21/2013 6:15:00 PM
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