Cattle egret - Bubulcus ibis
Quite an interesting spotting. My first encounter with this very attractive but relatively rare bird in Bulgaria. It was recorded nesting in Bulgaria for the first time in 2011. The photo was taken on the territory of a fairly large colony of little egrets (Egretta garzetta) and Squacco herons (Ardeola ralloides), where we found 3 nests of the cattle egret.
The cattle egret is a cosmopolitan species of heron found in the tropics, subtropics and warm temperate zones. It is the only member of the monotypic genus ''Bubulcus'', although some authorities regard its two subspecies as full species, the western cattle egret and the eastern cattle egret.