The Birds-of-Paradise Project reveals the astounding beauty of 39 of the most exquisitely specialized animals on earth. After 8 years and 18 expeditions to New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands, Cornell Lab scientist Ed Scholes and National Geographic photojournalist Tim Laman succeeded in capturing images of all 39 species in the bird-of-paradise family for the first time ever. This trailer gives a sense of their monumental undertaking and the spectacular footage that resulted. Filmed by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes, and Eric Liner. Spectacular beauty and unusual behavior by some of the planets most amazing creatures.
The Birds-of-Paradise Project website was just launched today.
Here's some of what the site contains:
35 videos and 2.5 hours of running time
A breakdown of the main parts of a male's display: sounds, color, unique feathers, shape-shifting poses, and dance steps
The crucial role of the females in choosing their mates
Key concepts of evolution illustrated and explained in simple terms
Secrets and techniques of how we captured such detailed footage
A gallery of extraordinary sounds
Interactive features to walk you through the birds' diversity, how they get their colors, and why they evolved in New Guinea's isolated mountains and islands