I found this guy in the Everglades, he wasn't scared of humans at all so I took advantage of the fact that I could get so close. His eyes were his only good feature really, the rest of him was pretty ugly.
Here is some of the technical details and what I think about before I take the pic, if your interested...
Shoot low angle so I can keep a bright (not black) background. Use 70-200 lens at a big aperture (small number) to zoom in and keep the background fuzzy and non distracting. Use a Canon 11mm extension tube with the lens to focus closer. Throw on my Canon 580 EX flash to fill in shadows and make the color pop, but keep the power down so it's just a fill and not a key light. Aim the light up and pull out the white card so it's bounced light, which is softer and less harsh than a direct light. Take a few shots, check exposure by chimping, then for my big secret... Wave a hand around, make loud monkey noises, and be disrupting as I possibly can to the bird, so he looks a bit engaged and not lethargic in the final shot.