I took this photo of a male Black-winged Lovebird (Agapornis taranta) on the shore of Lake Awassa which is in the rift valley south of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. You can tell this bird is a male due to his red fore-crown, a feature absent in the female. We stayed in a hotel right by the lake and this turned out to be a fantastic area for bird watching and photography. Whilst staying there a huge rainstorm blew through the area, bringing in it’s wake an Arctic Tern, which turned out to be the first record for Ethiopia!
I took this photo of a Black-faced Solitaire (Myadestes melanops), a member of the thrush family, whilst staying at the Arenal Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica. This lodge is very popular with tourists as it offers a great view of the smouldering Arenal Volcano which is, perhaps, alarmingly nearby. Unless, of course, the volcano happens to be shrouded in cloud for the duration of your visit! Luckily, if volcanic views aren’t so great, the lodge grounds are wonderful for birding and photography!