March 15, 2013

King Bird of Paradise, New Guinea

Photograph by Tim Laman, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Constantly trailed by his own flying saucers, a king bird of paradise clings to a vine in the New Guinea rain forest. His vivid colors and bizarre tail feathers evolved from millennia of competition for female favor.

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10 comments
Lillian Orr
Lillian Orr

'Ive found a gold mine  these are fascinating.  I'm sending {I phone} pics . thank you, we are so fortunate


to be able to share our Earth. Let's keep it this way.

K. Vitug
K. Vitug

too bad...... not a whole picture of this specie....

water bird
water bird

i can never get over...the elegance of mother natures sense of humor but above all sense of colour palatte and textures...

thank you nat geo for this shot and for this perspective.. made me linger even longer than if it had been a classic portrait of these creatures , with the perfect name for them.. birds of paridise!

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

Got me going at first for point of view, but those blue feet caught my eye (hence I got the perspective!), and I became intrigued with colors, patterns, textures, and yes, that silly tail...which makes me think "what?"...Oh, Mother Nature must have a sense of humor!! 

Alen River
Alen River

It's fantastic!What a beautiful tail!

Pete Feral
Pete Feral

So.. this is really the very best photograph of the day, huh? A chopped off shot of the tail of a bird of paradise with blurry foliage in the background? Yeah, cause it's SO artistic. And it speaks to nature SO much. There are days that the photo of the day is breathtaking; then there are days when you are trying *way* too hard.

Shailesh Sharma
Shailesh Sharma

Okay now here we again are ignoring the most basic rule of photography: get the whole body.. but who cares if it makes to NAT GEO photo of the day

pala lechat
pala lechat

Now that is the splendor of nature at its finest. I know, as a female, that fancy tail feathers are a real head turner :)

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