I’ve loved bee-eaters since I saw my first Australian Rainbow Bee-eater (gorgeous, also beautiful). I love them in spite of the name that implies that they eat a lot of bees (which I also love), because this is nature and bees are eaten by lots of different types of attractive birds.
There are a lot of gorgeous bee-eaters in Africa, but there was one that particularly caught my fancy: the Carmine Bee-eater.
The first time I saw one, I spent almost an hour trying to get a good photo, cautiously tracking it through the bush until it landed on a powerline, then sneaking up through the brambles below it to secure this mediocre photo (which at the time I was delighted by):
(I even saw them riding around on other, larger birds)