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It’s Cattle Egrett mating season here in West Africa, and even in the city, the thorny acacias are buzzing with activity.

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I figured such a colony would be easy to approach,

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…and sure enough, I got some nice captures.

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With so many birds and so much activity,

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…there was a lot of landings,

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…and a lot of hopping about.

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Dressed in mating plumage, there was more fighting than mating going on.

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This guy made a beautiful dance for what seemed to be his partner-to-be, but once he turned his back, another suitor took his place.

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Truth be told, I’m not exactly sure WHAT they were doing, but they were beautiful subjects to photograph nevertheless!

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And in not too long, these nests will be filled with little cattle egret chicks. I hope our beautiful photo subjects will be equally cooperative then!

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