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When photographer Tim Laman was given an assignment to photograph the birds-of-paradise, he knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Working alongside Ed Scholes, an ornithologist and world authority on the birds-of-paradise, Laman completed seven major expeditions and photographed 22 birds-of-paradise species in the wild. But neither he nor Ed were entirely satisfied. After all, they were over halfway to photographing all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise, something that had never been done before. After eight years of work, involving 18 expeditions and 51 unique field sites, their Birds-of-Paradise Project was completed, resulting in a comprehensive collection of photographs, which shed new light on some of the most intriguing yet scarcely documented birds known to science.

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Mountain rainforest with mist in the early morning, near Mount Hagen, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, August 2004  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Mountain rainforest with mist in the early morning, near Mount Hagen, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, August 2004
Aerial view of Foja Mountians rain forest, with river flowing through a wooded valley. June 2007.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Aerial view of Foja Mountians rain forest, with river flowing through a wooded valley. June 2007.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) displaying on canopy lek display site, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer o...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) displaying on canopy lek display site, Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer o...
King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male, New Guinea  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) male, New Guinea
Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male performing practice display in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Blue Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi) male performing practice display in the vicinity of the Tari Valley, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) adult male performing upright wing pose display. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island, Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) adult male performing upright wing pose display. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island, Aru Islands, Indonesia.
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) male performing display on vines in the forest interior, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) male performing display on vines in the forest interior, Papua New Guinea
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing pre-copulatory phase tapping the back of the female's neck. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing pre-copulatory phase tapping the back of the female's neck. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display at lek, ~Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Greater Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea apoda) male performing upright wing pose display at lek, ~Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) males at display site in the canopy performing their courtship display. A female carefully inspects one of the males who holds his final static pose. Papu...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) males at display site in the canopy performing their courtship display. A female carefully inspects one of the males who holds his final static pose. Papu...
Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)adult male perched in forest canopy displaying to females, Kiburu Forest, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana)adult male perched in forest canopy displaying to females, Kiburu Forest, Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.
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