A National Geographic clip making the rounds on Youtube on the Birds-of-Paradise has a natural link to the Calgary Public Library's collection. "Beautifully bizarre" is an excellent description of the fabulous birds featured in the project by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic. In the dense jungle of Papua New Guinea, Edwin Scholes and Tim Laman have captured crystal clear images and curious behaviours of spectacular and unique birds which have evolved to their specific enivronment.
Any curiosity piqued by the Youtube film clip can be fully indulged by visiting the Calgary Public Library's website and collections. The complete film, called "Winged Seduction: Birds-of-Paradise; Revealing the World's Most Extraordinary Birds" is available as a DVD in the library's collection. Bonus features include a photo gallery and some incredible footage of the Papua New Guinea expedition to film the birds.
An equally delightful discovery is the book Birds of Paradise about the same project featuring fabulous still photography of those amazing birds. So you can enjoy birds on film and in print! Birds of North America is still another great resource created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and available 24/7 when you sign in to Calgary Public Library's E-Library with your library card. With images, silhouettes, information and an especially handy audio gallery of bird calls, this is a great way to find out more about the birds just outside your window.