I am ashamed to admit that I don’t know too much about birds beyond basic avian anatomy. But I do appreciate our feathered friends as fellow living beings and important components of diversity of life in Nature. Here is a brilliant and breathtakingly beautiful video, that is born out of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology‘s Birds of Paradise project, in conjunction with National Geographic. I dedicate this post to my friend, ornithologist and blog colleague, GrrlScientist (of Maniraptora fame).
Interlude: Birds of Paradise
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Oh, love ’em.
Don’t know whether you can get BBC iPlayer where you are, but Bill Bailey has just done an excellent tribute to Alfred Russel Wallace, including journeying to see these birds. Try:
Thank you, Lee. Sadly, I cannot get the iPlayer in the US. I shall try later using a proxy.