On 7 June 2015, Jacques photographed several nests of Cattle Egrets (maybe 6) that were built on lateral branches of a White Stork nest (see photos). Jacques described this perfect situation: ‘this entire little world lives in perfect harmony and all juveniles of both species grow normally”. Here is Jacques’s full description:
Une étonnante association reproductive : plusieurs nids de Garde-bœufs (peut-être bien 6) ont été construits sur les branches latérales dépassant d'un nid de Cigogne blanche ! Tout ce petit monde vit en parfaite harmonie et tous les jeunes des deux espèces grandissent normalement ! Auberge Amros (environs d'Azrou) - 07-06-15.
White Stork nests are known to host nests of small birds such as Woodpigeon, Pied Wagtail, Common and Spotless Starlings and Tree and House Sparrows. But White Stork nest hosting Cattle Egrets and both species breed successfully has probably not been previously recorded. (No books with me to check this; and Internet connection is so slow where I am now, so any comments on this are welcome).
|Adult White Stork with its 2 juveniles with several juveniles of Cattle Egrets, near Azrou, Middle Atlas (Jacques Franchimont)|
|Adult White Stork with several juveniles of Cattle Egrets, near Azrou, Middle Atlas (Jacques Franchimont)|
Merci à Jacques Franchimont du GOMAC!