This is a video about a cattle egret eating a frog.
On 4 August 2012, to the Starrevaart nature reserve.
Just before the hide, a female pheasant with four not yet quite fully grown young.
From the hide of Starrevaart, one can see common terns sitting on a row of poles in the water. Both adults and recently fledged youngsters.
Between the poles: tufted ducks and lapwings.
A juvenile great crested grebe swimming.
On the island: a white-fronted goose. Young ruddy shelducks. Oystercatchers. Common terns. Adult and juvenile black-headed gulls. A moorhen with two chicks.
On another, longer, row of poles, more to the west, sit lesser black-backed gulls. And great cormorants.
And a cattle egret, in summer plumage with touches of orange. A rare bird for the Netherlands. Maybe it has arrived here after a long flight from the south. It cleans its feathers.
A grey heron.
Five spoonbills standing in the water.
Shoveler ducks swimming.
And a male common pochard.
Near the other bank of the lake, black swans.
Near the southern bank, mute swans.
In rapeseed plants on the island, two greenfinches.
Swifts flying, probably not long before they will fly all the way to Africa.
A barn swallow, which will probably migrate later than the swifts.
As we go back, the mother pheasant with her young again. This time on the other side of the bicycle track.
Is the cattle egret’s range moving North?
Yes, it is, though it not does not breed yet in the Netherlands.
This species has expanded much from Africa to Asia, the Americas and southern Europe.
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