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Beautiful, fascinating, frustrating. Most birds look best in flight, if you can see them. On land or tree branch, they seldom strike interesting poses, and their expressions seldom change. So unless their plumage was remarkable, or water added a reflection to the picture, I consigned most of my bird photos from this trip to the discard file.
Vultures are not pretty. In fact, with their bald heads, they are downright repulsive until they take flight.
Working up the colour ladder, some birds just naturally have character, even when they’re not doing anything.
Others just seem to be part of the landscape.
We saw a number of hammerkopfs, usually in lighting that made them dark blobs. Water and a bit of sun helped show off this bird’s beautiful head.
You don’t need colour if you’re an ostrich. A nice pose will do.
And if you can pose like this heron, black and brown are all you need.
Black and white work well too.
Black and white also go well even if they are not on the same bird. These two egrets were frequently found together.
A wacky expression and a bright yellow beak make the hornbill an interesting subject. Our guides called them flying bananas.
All this bird has to do is show up.
Bee eaters made me wish for a very long zoom lens. All I had was a 300mm.
And now, my favourite bird, not just in Africa but on any continent. This amazing bundle of colour doesn’t have to do anything.
In flight, it speeds by as a blur of colour. But the burst mode on my camera captured its true glory.