|Two of the Banburyshire Cattle Egrets, January 2017|
Now, it has also been reported that five pairs have also bred at Ham Wall RSPB reserve in Somerset, raising at least nine young. With a small colony rapidly established - at a site with several other heron species - maybe they can become a more permanent fixture as a UK breeding bird. If they do, it may be just a matter of time before they spread northwards and start breeding somewhere in our area.
Cattle Egrets have a very wide distribution around the world and can provide a great spectacle, for example when they gather in large flocks before roosting in a favoured clump of trees:
|Cattle Egrets - Daintree River, Queensland, August 2016|