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cattle egret and chicks

cattle egret and chicks on nest

Cattle egret, Ardea ibis, and chicks IMG 8366 - These egret chicks appeared eager to leave their stick nest and clamber around among the high branches of the tree that was their temporary home. Many young birds die when they fall to the ground and are then abandoned by their parents, but with one of their parents close by, these chicks had resisted the urge to wander and were thus saved from a grim fate. This family of birds was photographed at the botanic gardens in the Queensland city of Bundaberg, Australia where large colonies of these and other waterbirds have made themselves at home.

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