visit the Isola Della Cona Nature Reserve one of the trade-mark views are those with the Camargue
horses (Equus ferus caballus) with Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis) riding on them. ;)
Cattle egrets forage similarly to other wading birds, by catching fish or frogs,
they can be seen also following the Camargue
horses herd, to eat insects on the ground that are stirred by their hoofs. In
addition, they literally inspect the horses to find different bugs such as horse flies,
horn flies and other annoying insects/ticks and eat them. This way Cattle egrets rid
the horses’ grazing area of many pests.
images below showing several moments from a unique symbiosis between the Cattle
egrets and Camargue horses.