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Out of the 42 species of Birds of Paradise, Australia has 4 - Magnificent Riflebird, Paradise Riflebird, Victoria's Riflebird and the Trumpet Manucode.

Victoria's is the local endemic here and I was lucky to see it displaying it's mating dance to attract a female. They display on the top of tree stumps in the rainforest usually around 4 to 5m high. Usually you only see them hunting for insects in the rainforest canopy 100ft up !

1. First up, call for her and show off that yellow mouth ! Typically, like most beautiful birds they have a raspy harsh call.



2. and puff up your iridescent throat and body feathers tipped with iridescence too. They become about 3 times wider than normal !



3. not working ? give it some wing display



4. he will do this facing different parts of the forest, hopping 90 degrees each time. What if she is behind him ? well he has that covered too !



5. he gets quite excited when he sees her !



6. he moves his head from side to side with his mouth open



7. The Full Monty !



8.Like a flash she arrives



9. He goes into full display mode, lifting one wing while hiding his head behind it and lowering the other and alternates it. She inspects the lowered wing and gives it a light peck.



10. and the other side



11. If she approves of his display he encircles her with his wings and mating occurs, she leaves and lays eggs and raises the young alone. He begins the search again for his next potential partner.

On this occasion, she decides it's not gonna happen and loses interest !



Andy



Oct 06, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Bird of Paradise


Andy,
What a wonderful documentary!!
I learned something new!
Great captures!!!
TFS
BeeBalm



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:02 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Bird of Paradise


Wow, that is cool! Didn't know Australia had BoP. Good to know, in case I ever get down that way. Super set and commentary Andy. Congrats on capturing the various activities, including the Full Monty. That is a darned nice shot.


Oct 07, 2013 at 12:13 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Bird of Paradise


This is a super set Andy. When I think of a bird of paradise this is what comes to mind:







Morris

Ps. I hope you don't mind the photo in your thread



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Bird of Paradise


What a magnificent bird and display, oh my that is stunning!

And she dumped him?............ what a diva

Great shooting and great captures of the courting poses.

Karl



Oct 07, 2013 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Bird of Paradise


A great looking bird Andy, and you did very well capturing it and it's display ~ Ron


Oct 07, 2013 at 02:32 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Bird of Paradise


Terrific sequence of the courtship Andy... man, she's hard to please.
Well done.

Kirk



Oct 07, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Bird of Paradise


Great photos. I love when there's am informative story behind it.


Oct 07, 2013 at 02:58 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Bird of Paradise


excellent series Andy


Oct 07, 2013 at 08:22 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Bird of Paradise


What a great post...you hit both the bird and flower of the same name and nail them both...great job Andy!
Eric



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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Bird of Paradise


Magnificent set Andy , truly amazing. Love them all, but that full monty is outstanding.

Birdie



Oct 07, 2013 at 05:13 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Bird of Paradise


Exceptional sequence, Andy! A magnificent behavior set never seen posted before. Thanks for sharing!
Socrate



Oct 07, 2013 at 05:54 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Bird of Paradise


A great set of shots, Andy !! Something you'll never forget.

Lindsay



Oct 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Bird of Paradise


Awesome series Andy, well presented sir.


Oct 07, 2013 at 08:55 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Bird of Paradise


Thanks for all the comments, much appreciated.

Morris - you're close mate, that pic is a type of heliconia though not bird of paradise plant (of which there are 5 varieties. It is actually a S.African native but seen throughout the tropical gardens of the world)

This is the bird of paradise plant - I have some in my garden. Not my pic btw.



Andy



Oct 08, 2013 at 12:30 AM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Bird of Paradise


fantastic andy! i only saw the female when i was in australia a few years back. i gotta go back and the male!

dorian



Oct 08, 2013 at 01:43 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Bird of Paradise


Thanks dorian ! As with everything bird wise, luck an local knowledge are your friend

Andy



Oct 08, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Bird of Paradise


Very cool set Andy!!

Tim



Oct 08, 2013 at 01:58 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Bird of Paradise


Number 7 is an amazing shot... I'm not sure that you could ask for a better display of its plumage or behavior.
regards,
bruce



Oct 08, 2013 at 02:01 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Bird of Paradise


Tim Kuhn wrote:
Very cool set Andy!!

Tim


Thanks Tim



Oct 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
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