Monday, October 16, 2017

Wilson's Bird of Paradise!

 It finally happened! 10 days of birding on West Papua with a team of 5 Norwegians, 1 Swiss and one Indian. It truly was a milestone of a birding endeavor and something I will never forget. The main focus was on Birds of Paradise and we saw several. This one, Wilson's BOP, an endemic from the island of Waigeo performed wonderfully! 

It was so interesting to see how hard the male worked to attract a female. He would clean up his mating area making sure it was suitable for a lady. He would dance around his pole. He let out the loudest of calls. And when the female showed up he eventually got 'down on his knees' in admiration of her presence while 'begging' for her approval!


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