Cattle Egrets and a little donkey


Rural scene in Ethiopia with Cattle Egrets in the middle distance (click to enlarge)

During our visit to Ethiopia last December we hired a driver to take us through some of the rural areas north of Addis Ababa. We drove just over 100 kilometres to a locality known as Portuguese Bridge. On the way we only stopped once so the opportunities for birding were minimal and photography quite difficult.

The above shot was one taken as we were travelling along in the mini bus at about 90kph. It shows a typical rural scene in that part of the country. My attention was focussed on the birds in the scene, a small flock of Cattle Egrets feeding in the paddock. (Click on the image to enlarge.) Cattle Egrets seemed quite common in the areas we travelled in rural Ethiopia. Later we found this also to be true of Morocco and Spain.

A short distance further on we saw the small donkey shown below pulling an enormous load of grass. These amazing little beasts of burden are obviously very strong. Donkeys are common throughout this part of Ethiopia. Even in the city drivers must be on the lookout for them everywhere.


A rather loaded up little donkey in rural Ethiopia


One Response to “Cattle Egrets and a little donkey”

  1. John Tongue says:

    Hi Trevor,
    A great trip!
    Our Bishop’s wife has donkeys, and is a great fain of all things “Donkey”. I’m sure she’d love a copy of your shot of the wonderful little beast of burden. Would it be possible for you to email me a copy that I could pass on to her??
    John Tongue

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