In addition to the iconic mammals, we also saw a number of really cool birds on our visit to South Africa. Sabi Sand private reserve is teeming with bird life like this stately Martial Eagle.
Helmeted Guineafowl waddled single file near the hippo pool.
Simbambili Game Lodge watering hole. They are almost iridescent.
Pocket Guide to Birds of Southern Africa for help with identification.
I know it takes a special and obsessive sort of person to become a bird-watcher...I don't think I could spend hours crouching in the bush with a super-telephoto lens waiting for the birds to pass but I do think I could become an enthusiast. I definitely enjoy watching birds when we do happen to stumble upon them. They are always a delightful surprise.