Shoebill, Uganda

Photograph by Cantay Gok, Your Shot

The shoebill is a bizarre bird, named because of its big bill. This shot was taken at Mbamba swamp in Uganda.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

What Made This a Photo of the Day

I make an effort to not anthropomorphize when choosing pictures of animals, but this one was love at first sight, from the "I am not amused" expression all the way to the tousled-looking feathers on the top of its head. But subject aside, what really makes this one a success is that the eyes are sharp. Without that, this bird would not have made the cut, no matter how unusual-looking. —Alexa Keefe, Photo of the Day editor