Bubulcus ibis   Western Cattle Egret  Veereier (Bosluisvoël)
Western Cattle Egret
Vaalwater, Jan 2019

Common summer visitor, mostly present between October and April with occasional individuals over-wintering. A non-aquatic heron, it feeds on insects and is typically associated with domestic or wild herbivores which it uses as beaters. Ringing elsewhere has shown that the bulk of the South African population moves to the tropics in winter. It is gregarious, foraging, roosting and breeding communally, and in years of above-average rain, nesting colonies, often with other communal breeders, are established at a number of sites across the Waterberg.
Western Cattle Egret
Vaalwater, Oct 2018
Western Cattle Egret
Modimolle, Dec 2014
Western Cattle Egret roost
Modimolle, Nov 2014

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