Birding

Colours of heaven

Print edition : May 24, 2019

Raggiana bird of paradise. Photo: AKHIL VINAYAK MENON

Raggiana bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Vogelkop superb bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Lesser bird of paradise. Photo: Vinodh Venugopal

Raggiana bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Raggiana bird of paradise. Photo: P.S. Nistar

Raggiana bird of paradise. Photo: Nigil Haroon

Western parotia bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Magnificent bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Blue bird of paradise. Photo: Vinodh Venugopal

Black-eared catbird. Photo: Sabu Kinattukara

Black-billed sicklebird. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

Papuan king parrot. Photo: P.S. Nistar

A bower (nest-like structure) with coloured stones brought by the birds to decorate the bower. Photo: Vinod Venugopal

Wilson’s bird of paradise. Photo: Jainy Kuriakose

King bird of paradise. Photo: Sabu Kinattukara

Ribbon-tailed astrapia. Photo: Nigil Haroon

The Indian team at Varirata National Park: (from left to right) Sunil Onamkulam, Akhil Vinayak Menon, Sabu kinattukara, P.S. Nistar, Dr Nigil Haroon, Govind Vijaykumar, Dhanesh, Jainy kuriakose and Vinod Venugopal.

A family of Papua New Guineans. Photo: Sunil Onamkulam

A typical landscape of Papua New Guinea. Photo: Sunil Onamkulam

An Indian team of birders braves the swampy and mountainous terrain of Papua New Guinea to photograph the birds of paradise, in particular the spectacular Raggiana.
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