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I wanted to post something very beautiful for the first day of the year, so I cleaned up one of my favourite bird photos, that I shot a while back in Bali, Indonesia.

I have always loved birds!, each fascinate me in their own way, watching them fly up so high in the sky, or just admiring how graceful and colourful they can be.

The Greater Bird-of-paradise is probably the most amazing looking bird.
The plumage of this species is also sexually dimorphic. The male has an iridescent green face and a yellow glossed with silver iridescence crown, head and nape. The rest of the body plumage is maroon-brown. The flank plumes, used in displays, are yellow at the base, turning white and streaked with maroon.

Carolus Linnaeus named the species Paradisaea apoda, or “legless bird-of-paradise”, because early trade-skins to reach Europe were prepared without feet by natives; this led to the misconception that these birds were beautiful visitors from paradise that were kept aloft by their plumes and never touched the earth until death.

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