I caught a shot of this cattle egret Sunday afternoon while exploring North Point, Maryland. The cattle egret is a non-native species to North America and has its origins in Africa. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology the cattle egret began appearing in South America in the 1870s and by the 1950s was nesting in North America.
This particular bird was with a group of 20 that were hunting for insects in a farmer’s field. They aren’t shy birds and this one let me get within about five yards before backing off.