Guest Haiku: Cuba's Cattle Egrets

April 29, 2013
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In January, Jim Smith joined IE to travel to Cuba. Jim commemorated his experience with a series of haikus, which he has graciously agreed to share. Read other entries here

symbiotic sign
small herds grazing pastures fine
cattle egrets dine


The small white cattle egrets are seen everywhere in the countryside where cattle graze in open fields. They live from the insects stirred up from the proximity of the animals as well as consuming the ticks and flies on the cattle. The egrets can often be seen awaiting their next meal while actually sitting on the backs of cows. - January 22, 2013 - Boca de Guama, Cuba