My name is Enrico. I live in South Africa, where we have some of the most spectacular wildlife to be found on this world.
My dad loved photography. He had to do it the hard way using a Pentax 35mm film camera, and I spent many hours with him in his make-shift darkroom developing and "fixing" black-and-white prints. It would take hours to tape black plastic over the bathroom windows and seal all the cracks around the door to ensure that no light entered. I enjoyed helping him, but never took any photos myself.
I purchased my first digital point-and-shoot compact camera in 2003 - a 2.0 Megapixel Nikon Coolpix 2500. As the pixel count on the digital cameras increased, and prices dropped, I kept on upgrading but always stayed with the point-and-shoot compact class of cameras. Most (if not all) of the photographs were of the family - kids' birthday parties and milestones, holidays and travel - with no attempt at anything other than "capture the moment". I got lucky with a Village Weaver that decided to nest right by my office window. It got so used to seeing me on the other side of the glass that it grew quite tame. This allowed me to take images with the low-pixel point-and-shoot from within 2 meters and I got quite a few photos that I thought were not too bad. This pushed me into trying my hand at bird photography.
In 2018 while on holiday in Japan, I bought my first big-boy camera (Canon EOS 800D). Since then I've taken thousands of pictures (of which about 70% goes straight to the bin). I suck at composition (more than any other aspect of photography), but I'm working on it. Luckily the cameras these days are very clever at most of the other things I suck at.
Canon EOS 90D
Canon EOS 800D (Kiss X9i, Rebel T7i)
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Canon EF 100mm f2.8L IS USM Macro
Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary
SLIK Pro 400DX tripod
Comments on the gear that I use.
I only very recently acquired the Canon 90D, so most of the images were taken using the 800D. I am still in the process of getting used to the 90D, but so-far-so-good.
I mainly use the 100-400mm lens. Even though the Sigma 600mm has greater reach I've found that the images taken with the Canon zoom lenses (70-300mm and 100-400mm) are much more crisp, and paired with the 90D body with the higher resolution sensor, I can aggressively crop the images and still end up with images that I find pleasing.