Look at the Bird in *That* Tree

For anyone wanting even more photos of amazing birds, check out this Cornell Ornithology Lab video. These two guys have been going into New Guinea’s rain forest for a decade and have a platform up a tree. And an amazing lens.

I won’t be going there, but I’m glad they did!

Thanks to Barry Jewell for sharing this video.

8 Comments

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Tom – Oh, I dunno. There’s just something about slogging through mud up hill and down in gum boots, passing snakes and big insects, and overheating due to the temps and humidity that sorta puts me off.

  1. Tom Watson

    Isabel
    You will recall that, on September 6, I went on the CN Tower EdgeWalk. Standing out there on a rather small ledge, 1150 feet up, is an interesting experience. The most common reaction I received from people when they knew I was going was, “Are you nuts?”
    But turn it into a metaphor for life, and what I learned from it was that edges are not necessarily to be feared.
    Does that help?
    Tom

  2. Jim Taylor

    And those are all one species, which we call Bird of Paradise? Amazing. They look like everything from Batman to, well, Dracula…. There are times when I almost wish I hadn’t wasted my time on words, words, and more damn words, when there’s so much beauty in birds.
    Jim T

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Well, you make a good point about exotic tourism and other intrusions. On the one hand, we connect better with people and places in person; on the other, we risk trampling what we seek. Again, maybe Alison’s point (oops – on the other post about mortality/time) applies: Look for a middle way. Some exposure to far-off places, but being aware that we can damage them. In the case of a tree-house-style blind in the canopy of New Guinea’s rainforest (accessible by some funky rope and pulley system), I think this is not for me.

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