The Cattle Egret has many common names. These mostly relate to its habit of following cattle and other large animals, and it is known variously as cow crane, cow bird or cow heron, or even elephant bird and rhinoceros egret. Its global population estimated to be 3.8–6.7 million individuals. This picture was taken in Safaripark Beekse Bergen, zoo and safaripark in Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands.
The Eurasian Bittern is a very rare (Red List) bird, only about a 150 left in our country. It's also a very elusive bird and a true Master of Camouflage. When a bittern does it's I'm-just-a-part-of-a-reed-bed-act' you get fooled easily and this is why you hardly ever get to see them. Due to the harsh winter bitterns were forced to leave their hidings. Sad for them, but a good opportunity for photographers.... This particular bittern was rather cooperative and gave me the chance to enjoy its