September 8, 2015

Something Wonderful: The Birds of Paradise Project

Birds-of-Paradise Project: It took 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, but Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photographer Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever.

This video gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted.... Filming all 39 birds-of-paradise required crisscrossing New Guinea to find each species’ particular region and favored habitat. For each one Ed and Tim had to hike in, find a male and his display perch, build a blind, and then come back at the crack of dawn to wait and watch. In the Arfak Mountains their hard work paid off with the first images ever captured of the little-known Arfak Astrapia.

How was it done?

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 8, 2015 2:02 PM
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The miracle of evolution! How they try! How they try. There is no God, no creator, no inventive mind who, for his own purposes and delight created things of whimsy and beauty, just because he can. No acknowledgment. A miracle without the meaning of the miraculous.

Posted by: Jewel at September 8, 2015 4:59 PM

I would have enjoyed this better if they hadn't been compelled to to shove their Science religion down my throat, especially since God made those birds to glorify Him and it's no mystery whatsoever.

Posted by: Big Mo at September 9, 2015 12:00 AM

Birds? That's it, they're expending all that effort for some birds? And not one mention of Bantams?

As for the bantam chickens, those little sumbitches are the living descendants of velociraptors. I wouldn't be messing with 'em.

Posted by: chasmatic at September 10, 2015 11:32 AM