Intermediate Egret

Intermediate Egret

 

 

 

A type of Heron found in East Africa, India and Asia, the Intermediate Egret has that graceful wide winged flight that reminds you of a galleon floating on the wind. Moments before it was feeding alongside a cow that had been left to forage along the shore of Chirakkal Lake and it eyed me keenly as I made furtive steps towards it on account of not having a long enough lens to shoot from afar. A few seconds more and it was on the wing, adeptly sideslipping the humid air to a quieter location behind a small ruin of a building and out of sight.

They’re sometimes called Cattle Egret because they are often seen perching on the backs of cows or buffalo waiting for the larger animals to disturb grasshoppers or lizards.

 

 

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