Cattle Egrets nest at REGUA

Originally from Mediterranean Europe and Africa, the Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus, 1758) has spread far out of its original range and reached the American Continent in the twentieth century.

How it got here no one really knows, and although there has been a roosting population at REGUA since the creation of the Wetlands,  to this date they have never been seen nesting.

The afternoon spectacle of their converging on the wetlands is well known and some 1500 birds have been seen roosting every night only to leave the following morning.

Cattle Egret
Cattle Egret nesting at REGUA (© Nicholas Locke)

Today, whilst inspecting the wetlands, Raquel and I were pleased to see a number of nests and creeping up on the tree with some twenty nests could espy some young looking suspiciously at us as we took photos.

Although they are not from the area, Cattle Egret can be seen locally during the day as they  forage in nearby grasslands for insects, close to cattle herds.