I still have absolutely zero interest in photographing birds when I’m at home, but in Africa they are often brightly coloured, pretty, or very very big!
And one of my favourites – the lilac breasted roller.
Whilst in Kenya I saw more Eagles in two weeks than I have in the rest of my years put together!
And then there are the ugly ones! The marabou stork and the vulture. When on safari, most people want to see The Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo. The reason for the Big 5 name is that these five animals were the hardest to shoot by big-game hunters as they are particularly ferocious when cornered and injured. Tour operators and guides have picked up the phrase and used it as a marketing term and it very cleverly it has stuck. However, there is also an Ugly 5 – hyena, wildebeest, vulture, warthog and the marabou stork.