Pisin bilong Paradise by bobfoto

Pisin bilong Paradise

Papua New Guinea is renown for its collection of Birds of Paradise. These spectacular creatures are prized by the PNGeans and are often the source of inspiration for their traditional dances and attire.

In the small mountainous Province of Enga I was told that each morning at 07:30 this (onetime) Crested Bird of Paradise would appear in a nearby tree, then alight to this location, squark at itself in the reflection of the window and then fly off. It was a routine that became part of its early morning start.

This shot of a Cnemophilus mcgregorii in Enga is probably my favourite all time PNG shot.

Photo taken 8 November 2008
i love it - - a fav! so cool to know it is your ALLTIME fav png shot! - - that is a lot of photos. The detail/focus in this shot is amazing.....you really can see his/her glassy eye very well. I think it is quite clear (in thinking back to some of your other shots) that they do revere this bird and try to give it life in their ceremonial outfits!
November 14th, 2012  
what a beauty! :) totally understand why itΒ΄s your fav! :)
November 14th, 2012  
gorgeous!
November 14th, 2012  
Brilliant capture. Beautiful bird. Fav
November 14th, 2012  
@sticksandstones @agentzuckerguss @parisouailleurs - Thank you ladies, I remember sitting down and setting myself up at 07:25 waiting for this guy to land here.... I was already focused, and waiting. I giggled like a little girl when I got the shot though!
November 14th, 2012  
@bobfoto hihihihi! :D
November 14th, 2012  
@mejbronant - thanks Mair. :D
November 14th, 2012  
@bobfoto haha......don't you love that feeling...?.....i think only us photographers know the joy in that silly giggle......and i think we've all felt it at one point or another.
November 14th, 2012  
WOW! this is a beautfiul bird.
November 14th, 2012  
Beautiful color and detail and loved hearing YOU giggled when you got the shot! ;~}
November 14th, 2012  
Fav! Fantastic shot of a beautiful bird.
November 14th, 2012  
@sticksandstones - my Owl shot of last year, made me giggle the same way ;)

@camisze - Thanks Cathy, it is such a gorgeous bird!

@grammyn - I was a few weeks away from a PC, and just so wanted to see what it was going to be like.... just had my little back screen to look at!

@boatpainter - Thank you Janet :)
November 14th, 2012  
great focus, stunning!
November 14th, 2012  
Great that you got such a good shot when you were waiting - steady hand! Fav
November 14th, 2012  
@bobfoto Well it is a worthy shot for sure!
November 14th, 2012  
What a gorgeous bird
November 14th, 2012  
What a cool looking bird, beautiful colors.
November 14th, 2012  
An amazing capture. Stunning color. A fav!
November 14th, 2012  
Very pretty, shake them tail feathers
November 14th, 2012  
FAV! My photographer friend would say this was "tack sharp." Great color, too.
November 14th, 2012  
Guys you've got to see this up big... the detail is so fine and beautiful. Definitely up there in the high nines Jason. I can understand why they would want to wear him as a hat
November 14th, 2012  
Wow! love the colors!!!
November 14th, 2012  
Oh Gosh Jason, that is dramatically beautiful
November 14th, 2012  
Beautiful shot. Wonderful colors. A fav.
November 15th, 2012  
I think Jenny got it right. A lot of the magnificent make-up we saw on some of your human subjects reminds me of this beautiful bird. Gorgeous photo.
November 15th, 2012  
Such a vibrant fellow, beautiful capture, fav
November 15th, 2012  
Excellent shot of this exquisite little bird.
November 15th, 2012  
BEAUTIFUL bird and lovely focus
November 15th, 2012  
Beautiful bird, fabulous focus - cracking shot!
November 15th, 2012  
That is the most amazing colour I have seen on a bird and the compostion is just fab!
November 15th, 2012  
wow goregous bird
November 15th, 2012  
gorgeous even
November 15th, 2012  
@doodlerdeb @maggiemae @grammyn @cdonohoue - Thanks Ladies!

@hollandcrew @johnnyfrs @rvwalker - Cheers Guys, thanks!

@amandalomonaco @barbcapecod - Thanks :)

@filsie65 - High Nines? was hoping low 12s.... ;)

@chrismarfil - thanks Chris!

@michelleyoung - such a gorgeous bird eh?

@daisy - Thanks Kathryn!

@sugarmuser @rach_who @tthompsonca @kjarn - Thanks everyone and thanks for the faves!

@kamb - It was such an amazeballs bird to see, the colour was breathtaking!

@houdiniem - Goregous is ok.
November 15th, 2012  
What a beautiful bird and a gorgeous capture!
November 15th, 2012  
@ozziehoffy - Thanks Cassandra!
November 15th, 2012  
Beautiful colour
November 15th, 2012  
this is fantastic
November 15th, 2012  
What a beautiful shot! Love the details, focus, colours!
November 15th, 2012  
@peterdegraaff - Thanks Peter, I have this one printed on canvas somewhere...

@abhijit - Thanks Abhijit. :)

@scatcat - Oh thank you Muse.
November 15th, 2012  
I can see what it's a favorite....Beautiful creature and such vibrant colors. WOW!
November 15th, 2012  
@geocacheking - Cheers Cameron! :)
November 15th, 2012  
Vee
Just beautiful!
November 16th, 2012  
Beautiful bird, great capture.
November 16th, 2012  
wow beautiful!
November 16th, 2012  
beautiful colors and good shot.. :)
November 16th, 2012  
That is lovely bird.....colours are very nice......I like it very much.....not seen before.....
November 16th, 2012  
Stunning and a nice composition I might add.
November 16th, 2012  
Fabulous shot Jason and congrats for being on PP... my FAV for sure.. :)
November 16th, 2012  
Beautiful vibrant colours Jason
November 16th, 2012  
So beautiful! Fav!
November 16th, 2012  
Stunning capture Jason. Brilliant color and composition. Fav
November 16th, 2012  
FAV!!! Clarity - color pop - composition. You are a master
November 16th, 2012  
Wonderful shot, Jason. Absolute Fav!
November 16th, 2012  
Wow. Stunning colours.
November 16th, 2012  
@vskolnik @anazad511 - Vee and AnaZad, thank you both :)

@lauriew - Thank you Laurie :)

@ravdeepkaur @pawar_ramesh - Thank you very much Ravdeep and Ramesh :)

@mrsc19 - Thanks Christy.

@stuckinoz - Thanks Janelle :)

@hudamor @losthorizon @lindag @mittens - Oh wow, thank you Huda, Beau, Linda and Marilyn for the faves :D:D:D

@miley89 - Gorgeous colours indeed!
November 16th, 2012  
Saw it on FB and had to cme over....wow! This is just.....wow! Fav!
November 16th, 2012  
@espyetta - Thanks MaryBeth, it was such a gorgeous bird... I have another photo of him yelling at his own reflection in a window!
November 16th, 2012  
@bobfoto will we be seeing it? :0)
November 16th, 2012  
@espyetta - nah, the focus wasn't that sharp. Well not as sharp as this one.
November 17th, 2012  
that is one seriously vibrant bird!
November 17th, 2012  
@jsw0109 - Isn't he just lovely Jeff? His missus though is just a little bit plain and brown :(
November 17th, 2012  
Oh he is beautiful. Fav.
November 17th, 2012  
@bobfoto It's a beautiful shot - every time I look at it I think again what a fabulous job you did with the fine detail and colour. If I was judging on quality you'd have hit 10-15 several times already...!!
November 17th, 2012  
What a fantastic vibrant bird. Excellent composition and depth of field.
November 17th, 2012  
Gorgeous bird with such vivid colors. FAV.
November 17th, 2012  
Amazing colours, beautiful!
November 17th, 2012  
@corymbia @anazad511 - Amanda and Ana, thank you for the faves. I have this shot printed off on canvas. It looks quite good as a square composition!

@filsie65 - Good to know... I guess...

@denisedaly - Thanks Denise :)

@fjh - He was such a cute bird, despite standing next to yesterday's and the day before's poo!
November 17th, 2012  
It must look fabulous on canvas. I have thinking of printing some of mine, but I have so many favs of my own that haven't decide which ones.
November 17th, 2012  
@anazad511 - I decided on two themes that would work together, and work well as 6 combined prints. So i chose 3 very colourful birds, and 3 very colourful close ups of flowers. I cropped them all square (which is trickier then it sounds) and ordered each print on canvas 12" x 12". They are hung in 3 rows of 2, in a group of 6 if that makes sense?
November 17th, 2012  
@bobfoto - It perfectly makes sense, and I am sure it looks fantastic. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain it to me. Hope you are having a nice weekend.
November 17th, 2012  
@anazad511 - you're welcome, and since you asked... my weekend is kinda sucky but I don't need to bore you with details. Just hope your is travelling better than mine. :)
November 17th, 2012  
@bobfoto - I am in a bit of a rush since in a few days I will start a four-week trip and need to leave things ready at home, plus prepare all what I need for the trip. You can vent why it sucks, if you want to.
November 17th, 2012  
@anazad511 - Have fun on your trip! And no venting will be required here. The 365 is for fun.
November 17th, 2012  
it's a stunning shot Jason - love the colours and perfect focus - nice one and a fav for me
November 17th, 2012  
@sparkle - thanks Juliette and thanks for the fave :)
November 18th, 2012  
What a gorgeous little creature... lovely capture :)
November 18th, 2012  
@pocketmouse - he is such a cute little bird!
November 18th, 2012  
Amazing colors and focus!
November 22nd, 2012  
@worldbiking - Thanks Amaya, this guy was such a gorgeous bird!
November 22nd, 2012  

These birds are on the cover of the latest mailer from Cornell University. I was very excited to recognize them.
November 23rd, 2012  
@mej2011 - Oh really! Is there an article inside?
November 23rd, 2012  
@bobfoto
lol. You expect me to read?!
November 23rd, 2012  
@mej2011 - Is there a link?
November 23rd, 2012  
@mej2011 - what? Reading is good for you.
November 23rd, 2012  
@bobfoto
It was a joke. I read all the time. Unfortunately, most of it is school related as of late.
Here is the link : http://allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1085
November 23rd, 2012  
@mej2011 - cool. I read a couple of those articles including one where the author had ventured up into the Foja mountains of West Papua. very cool.
November 23rd, 2012  
@bobfoto
I have to admit, I just like looking at the pictures. Besides, as soon as I saw the bird I went off on a tangent about "Jason took a picture of these birds. Jason was in New Guinea. What, no I have no idea WHY Jason was in New Guinea." lol.
November 23rd, 2012  
@mej2011 - its a well written story.
November 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto
It just isn't one I remembered at that time.
November 24th, 2012  
@mej2011 - I mean the Cornell Uni story... not mine.
November 24th, 2012  
@bobfoto
Oh...............lol.
I was just reading through all of your captions from this year to figure out why you were there. lol
November 24th, 2012  
@mej2011 - hee hee hee.
November 24th, 2012  
wow incredible colours!
November 27th, 2012  
@palusami - yes.
November 27th, 2012  
Very pretty shot!
November 28th, 2012  
@hellcat - very pretty bird.
November 29th, 2012  
Well you did it justice.
November 29th, 2012  
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