2024 and All That

A lesson from an egret

Bronwen Scott
2 min readJan 1, 2024

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Eastern Cattle Egret hunched against the wind on the back of a black-faced ram with a scruffy fleece. The ram is baaing about something. Perhaps the bird on his back or maybe he just has some opinions that he wants us to hear.
Everything’s sheep-shape. Eastern Cattle Egret and sheep. © Bronwen Scott

This Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus coromandus) with his fancy summer plumage was faced with a problem. The wind ahead of Tropical Cyclone Jasper made it difficult for him to stay on his favourite perch — the big old steer in the next paddock. The height, short hair and broad back of the beast did not offer a stable surface in the stormy gusts.

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com