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To my surprise, many of my best wildlife images during our Maasai Mara safari depicted birds.

I am traditionally not a bird photographer, preferring, both in personality and in a visual sense, the big cats of Africa; but I landed quite a few pleasing images of birds during the trip.

This is a pied kingfisher, which we spotted rapidly ascending and descending in one spot.

By sheer luck, I managed to land a crisp shot of the kingfisher in flight.

Photographing birds in flight -- particularly small birds -- takes a lot of skill and luck, and in my case, it was more luck than skill.

Published on Monday, 22nd June, 2015.

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