Posts Tagged ‘Cattle Egret

27
Sep
22

Another Brick in the Wall

Holkham looked a good bet for today’s birding tour. It wasn’t the juvenile Red Backed Shrike that lit up our walk; or even the two or three Yellow browed Warblers that were shouting at us from the end of the pines. Not even the four Cattle Egrets in with the Belted Galloways took centre stage. It was the Wall Butterflies.

I have honestly never seen Wall Butterflies in such profusion. We must have seen about 40 or so during the afternoon. Not in one’s and two’s but frequently in groups of three or four.

I think I managed to see more Walls in one afternoon than I have seen collectively over a couple of years. Perhaps these are a third brood taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine and the shelter from that persistent Northerly wind offered by the pines.

26
Dec
15

Rarities

Reared for part of my time as a boy on a dairy farm, a trip into the broads the other day to see some cattle was a rare treat. Rare breed Park Whites. Beautiful bovines with beautiful faces. Brought back from near extinction by the rare breeds survival trust.

Of course it was just coincidental there was a Cattle Egret among them ;0)

Up to three reported in the area gives hope they may stay and breed. This one was stick carrying for some time as I watched it. The last time I saw one do that was within an Egret breeding colony in the Camargue .

Cattle Egret

 




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