Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret, Praso River, Ghana, May 2011 - click for larger image

Ghana
May / June 2011

The Cattle Egret is now a fairly cosmopolitan bird that originated in Africa and southern Spain but has, in the last 100 years or so invaded the Americas, Asia and Australia. In Africa it is distributed throughout the continent apart from the desert areas.

Cattle Egret, Mole National Park, Ghana, June 2011 - click for larger image These birds, photographed in May and June, are in non-breeding plumage. Breeding plumage shows orange-buff on the head and breast and the breeding season is during or just after the rains. After breeding the birds disperse and can be absent from many areas.

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