Saturday, May 2, 2009

'Gaur' Egrets!

Cattle Egrets move into Kanha in summer season in big numbers. They are in their breeding plumage and look so beautiful! They take advantage of the wild animals like Gaur, Chital and Sambar, which are now browsing in the forest and as they walk in the rich leaf litter (mostly Sal leaves), they disturb thousands of insects, which the Egrets gobble up eagerly! Rest of the season, these Egrets are happy to be in the fields and countryside ,where the domestic cattle and other animals do this job for them. Amazing, how these birds are smart enough to make such seasonal movements to take advantage of the availability of food.

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