I don't really consider myself a birding person let alone a bird photographer. For one, I've tried getting shots of various birds while traveling through game reserves or national parks during down time between mammal sightings...and it's super difficult. The birds are either way too far away, way too sporadic with their movement or just generally not that interesting to shoot unless you have a whole day to stay with them. I'm definitely don't have that kind of patience yet nor do I usually have a long enough lens to get anything useable.
All that complaining aside the little Pearl Spotted Owlet above was definitely my kind of birding sighting. He (or she - I don't know) was just sitting in this blooming Jacaranda Tree near our offices in Namibia during the day. He happily stayed put for a few minutes (since it was daylight) for us to grab our cameras and get some nice shots. The tree just happened to be blooming this week so the background couldn't have been nicer. Now, just a week later, the tree's flowers have mostly been blown away and if our little owl friend was back in the tree it wouldn't be nearly as nice.
I'll chalk this successful bird shot to luck again as I mostly do with bird shots because of the aforementioned reasons. Either way though, I'll take what I can get.