Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) male displaying in his display court to female-plumaged brown birds -  young males are indistinguishable from females. Papua New Guinea. The  display court is an are...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae) male displaying in his display court to female-plumaged brown birds - young males are indistinguishable from females. Papua New Guinea. The display court is an are...
Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) male performing 'ballerina dance' display for a female, Irian Jaya, Indonesia  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) male performing 'ballerina dance' display for a female, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) male displaying in tree, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Goldie's Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea decora) male displaying in tree, Papua New Guinea
Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) adult male displaying at lek, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) adult male displaying at lek, Papua New Guinea
Stephanie's Astrapia Bird-of-Paradise (Astrapia stephaniae) adult male feeding at fruits of Shefflera plant, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Stephanie's Astrapia Bird-of-Paradise (Astrapia stephaniae) adult male feeding at fruits of Shefflera plant, Papua New Guinea
Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male on perch over his court, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male on perch over his court, Papua New Guinea
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...
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) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display 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) female checks out two adult males performing the inverted static display at their display lek. Badigaki Forest, Wokam Island in the Aru Islands, Indonesia.
Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special A...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male displaying to a female at his display pole in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papau, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special A...
Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at display perch in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papua, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife P...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Twelve wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at display perch in the swamp rain forest at Nimbokrang, Papua, Indonesia, Island of New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife P...
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek) Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek) Papua New Guinea
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female on his display vine, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female on his display vine, Papua New Guinea
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female from his display vine, Papua New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOY) 2014 competitio...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) male displaying to female from his display vine, Papua New Guinea. Winner, Special Award Portfolio, Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPOY) 2014 competitio...
Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) male on display perch trying to lure a female to come down with his spread wings display, Atherton Tablelands, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland, Austral...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Victoria's Riflebird (Ptiloris victoriae) male on display perch trying to lure a female to come down with his spread wings display, Atherton Tablelands, Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland, Austral...
Butterflies puddling, including Graphium sarpedon, Delias sp, and Graphium aristeus Vogelkop Peninsula, West Papua.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Butterflies puddling, including Graphium sarpedon, Delias sp, and Graphium aristeus Vogelkop Peninsula, West Papua.
Aerial view of sunrise, low clouds and the Sarawaget Range - mountains of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Aerial view of sunrise, low clouds and the Sarawaget Range - mountains of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) displaying flank plumes to attract females. West Papua, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) displaying flank plumes to attract females. West Papua, Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Male Black Billed Sicklebill (Falculea palliata) displaying pectoral collar. Papua New Guinea.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Male Black Billed Sicklebill (Falculea palliata) displaying pectoral collar. Papua New Guinea.
Photographer Tim Laman spreads  his gear to dry out after returning from his trip to the rainforest, New Guinea, October 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman spreads his gear to dry out after returning from his trip to the rainforest, New Guinea, October 2011
Photographer Tim Laman's sketch of canopy platform setup for photographing birds of paradise, December 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman's sketch of canopy platform setup for photographing birds of paradise, December 2011
A male Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) preforming his mating display, New Guinea, NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / A male Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) preforming his mating display, New Guinea, NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video
A male Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) preforming his mating display, New Guinea NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / A male Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastosus) preforming his mating display, New Guinea NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video
A male Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) preforming ballerina dance with a female watcHing from above. Papua New Guinea  NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / A male Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) preforming ballerina dance with a female watcHing from above. Papua New Guinea NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video
Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display, view from the females perspective above, Papua New Guinea, NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display, view from the females perspective above, Papua New Guinea, NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video
Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display, view from the females perspective above, Papua New Guinea NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display, view from the females perspective above, Papua New Guinea NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab from video
Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display.  This is the moment of flashing the breast shield upward, Papua New Guinea. NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab fro...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Wahnes's Parotia (Parotia wahnesi) adult male performs ballerina display. This is the moment of flashing the breast shield upward, Papua New Guinea. NB REPRODUCTION SIZE RESTRICTION - screen grab fro...
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus).  Arfak Mountains, Papua, Indonesia.  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus). Arfak Mountains, Papua, Indonesia.
Photographer Tim Laman packs up gear at his camp site in the Foja Mountains, Papua, New Guinea 2007  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman packs up gear at his camp site in the Foja Mountains, Papua, New Guinea 2007
Black Sicklebill Bird of Paradise (Epimachus fastosus) male on his display perch, in mid-display with plumes raised over his head, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Black Sicklebill Bird of Paradise (Epimachus fastosus) male on his display perch, in mid-display with plumes raised over his head, Papua New Guinea
Landing an Islander Aircraft at a jungle airstrip near the Karawari River, with Kalden as pilot and Edwin Scholes as passenger, Papua New Guinea, 2005  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Landing an Islander Aircraft at a jungle airstrip near the Karawari River, with Kalden as pilot and Edwin Scholes as passenger, Papua New Guinea, 2005
Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male picking up leaf, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus) male picking up leaf, Papua New Guinea
Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) male performing 'ballerina dance' in lek display court, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) male performing 'ballerina dance' in lek display court, Papua New Guinea
Forest view right adjacent to display court of Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Forest view right adjacent to display court of Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) Papua New Guinea
Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) display court in rainforest interior, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Western Parotia Bird of Paradise (Parotia sefilata) display court in rainforest interior, Papua New Guinea
Photographer Tim Laman checking digital pictures on his laptop at his rain forest camp site in the mountains of Batanta Island, whilst Ornithologist Edwin Scholes and Samkris Tindige look on, Papua N...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman checking digital pictures on his laptop at his rain forest camp site in the mountains of Batanta Island, whilst Ornithologist Edwin Scholes and Samkris Tindige look on, Papua N...
Ornithologist Edwin Scholes and photographer Tim Laman, portrait in the cloud forest at Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Ornithologist Edwin Scholes and photographer Tim Laman, portrait in the cloud forest at Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea
Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) male at a display branch, displaying with cape raised, trying to lure down female, while facing away from the camera, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) male at a display branch, displaying with cape raised, trying to lure down female, while facing away from the camera, Papua New Guinea
Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) male at a display branch, displaying with cape raised, trying to lure down female, while facing away from the camera, Papua New Guinea  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Superb Bird of Paradise (Lophorina superba) male at a display branch, displaying with cape raised, trying to lure down female, while facing away from the camera, Papua New Guinea
Helicopter landing at Sombom helipad, with expedition gear, Papua New Guinea, 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Helicopter landing at Sombom helipad, with expedition gear, Papua New Guinea, 2011
Camouflaged camera set up on tree trunk to look down at Parotia wahnesi court, Papua New Guinea, 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Camouflaged camera set up on tree trunk to look down at Parotia wahnesi court, Papua New Guinea, 2011
Photographer Tim Laman climbs ladder to check remote control camera looking down at Parotia bird of paradise court, Papua New Guinea, 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman climbs ladder to check remote control camera looking down at Parotia bird of paradise court, Papua New Guinea, 2011
Camp life at Sombom Camp in the Saruwaged Range, Huon Peninsula. Photographer Tim Laman (front left) and ornithologist Ed Scholes (back left), and Papua New Guinean field assistants warm up at the fir...  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Camp life at Sombom Camp in the Saruwaged Range, Huon Peninsula. Photographer Tim Laman (front left) and ornithologist Ed Scholes (back left), and Papua New Guinean field assistants warm up at the fir...
Ornithologist Ed Scholes at computer station in blind, operating remote controlled cameras to capture the Wahnes's Parotia, Papua New Guinea, 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Ornithologist Ed Scholes at computer station in blind, operating remote controlled cameras to capture the Wahnes's Parotia, Papua New Guinea, 2011
Photographer Tim Laman and Ornithologist Edwin Scholes in a blind to capture the Wahnes's Parotia, Papua New Guinea 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Photographer Tim Laman and Ornithologist Edwin Scholes in a blind to capture the Wahnes's Parotia, Papua New Guinea 2011
Ornithologis Edwin Scholes in the misty forest of Sombom, Saruwaged range, exploring for Wahnes's Parotia Bird of Paradise, Papua New Guinea 2011  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Ornithologis Edwin Scholes in the misty forest of Sombom, Saruwaged range, exploring for Wahnes's Parotia Bird of Paradise, Papua New Guinea 2011
King of Saxony Bird of Paradise (Pteridophora alberti) male on calling perch above canopy, 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 on calling perch above canopy, Papua New Guinea
Aerial view of 'The Passage' channel between Gam (on left) and Waigeo (on right) islands, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia 2010  -  Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection
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Tim Laman/Nat Geo Image Collection / Aerial view of 'The Passage' channel between Gam (on left) and Waigeo (on right) islands, Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia 2010
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