21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Colony of Bubulcus ibis nesting on a pine tree in Barreiro, Portugal

Bubulcus ibis, also commonly known as the cattle egret, nests in colonies, usually near bodies of water. They are attracted to areas with mature trees with dense canopy cover. Overlapping branches allow the birds to move easily through the trees.

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Date Taken: 03.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Barreiro, Portugal
Copyright: © Liliia Kucher