Borneo Is Burning – Photos

Below are some pictures of the fires and its effects from 3 weeks ago.  Indonesia recently received some rain but the fires are still a threat.

Wildfire in farmland in Pulang Pisau District, Kalimantan Tengah Province, Indonesia. Island of Borneo

 

An adult female orangutan with a juvenile have come to the edge of the Mangkutup River because all the forest behind them has burned.

An adult female orangutan with a juvenile have come to the edge of the Mangkutup River because all the forest behind them has burned.

 

Photographer Tim Laman travels on the Mangkutup River wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke of the forest fires.

Photographer Tim Laman travels on the Mangkutup River wearing a mask to protect him from the smoke of the forest fires.

 

Orangutan research assistant fighting fire in the peat swamp forest.

Orangutan research assistant fighting fire in the peat swamp forest.

 

Villagers and some Indonesian soldiers attempt to combat wildfire in a farm field by batting it with banana leaves.

Villagers and some Indonesian soldiers attempt to combat wildfire in a farm field by batting it with banana leaves.

 

See the National Geographic New article:  Photos: Indonesia’s Rampant Fires Threaten Rare Orangutan.

 

Borneo Is Burning

Yesterday, National Geographic News posted Tim’s photo story on their website, Photos: Indonesia’s Rampant Fires Threaten Rare Orangutans.  A couple of weeks ago Tim was on assignment in Indonesia photographing the devastation.  He was on the front lines where people were desperately trying to put out the fires.  Not only is this a huge ecological disaster threatening orangutans and other wildlife but it is also effecting the air we breath.  Check out Tim’s Instagram (@TimLaman) to see other pictures of the wildfires.  To see more pictures of the endangered orangutans the fire is threatening, visit Tim Laman’s Wild Orangutan gallery.

Wild Planet Interview

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While in London, Tim was interviewed by Wild Planet about winning the portfolio award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.  The article features 14 questions and all 6 winning images.

National Geographic PROOF Blog

Young adult female Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) (Walima aka Martina)

 

This summer follow Tim’s adventures with his family in Borneo documenting orangutans for an assignment with National Geographic on their PROOF blog.  View his first post: Postcards From Borneo: A Family Adventure Begins Anew.

Tim Laman has been announced as the keynote speaker at this years Wildscreen Photography Festival

 

On Saturday October 25, Tim will be the keynote speaker at the Wildscreen Photography Festival held at the Royal Geographical Society in London.  Formerly WildPhotos, this 3 day event includes workshops and talks from the best environmental and wildlife photographers.  You can see the announcement and some of Tim’s pictures on the Wildscreen Festivals website.

 

Montane rain forest of the Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.

Montane rain forest of the Arfak Mountains, New Guinea.

Tim Interviewed on Talk Radio

WHYY Interview

When Tim and Edwin Scholes were in Philadelphia for the opening of their Birds of Paradise exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University they did a radio interview.  You can listen to the podcast of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane as they discuss the behavior of the birds of paradise and how they captured all 39 species.  As part of the interview they broadcast some of the birds of paradise mating calls and explain how they do it.

 

 

Documenting Orangutan Diversity

 

An adult male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) sits in the sleeping nest he has made in a small tree.

An adult male Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) sits in the sleeping nest he has made in a small tree.

 

Currently, Tim is in the rainforest of Indonesia working on his orangutan project for the summer.  Part of the project is a new National Geographic story which he will document their behavior in several different populations around the country.  Check Instagram for pictures from Tim in the field.  @TimLaman

 

 

Highly Honored Winner in Nature’s Best Competition

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).

Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor) male displaying high in the rain forest canopy at his display site (lek).

Tim has  been highly honored in the Birds Category of Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards 2013.  His picture of the displaying lesser bird-of-paradise captured the attention of the judges.  This picture was taken in the Vogelkop Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia.  The winning images will be on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. this fall.

Birds of Paradise Move to Philly

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise.

Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleuca) male at sunrise.

Tim’s exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution, is now open at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  The exhibit developed by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is open from May 3 to September 1, 2014.  Check out The Academy’s website to plan your visit.

 

 

Birds Of Paradise Book In Japanese

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Birds Of Paradise: Revealing The World’s Most Extraordinary Birds has been translated into Japanese and is available for purchase.  One great addition to the book is that in the Japanese edition, it contains QR codes that take you directly to videos of the birds.  You can find it in bookstores in Japan, or order it from the Nat Geo Japan website.  If you are in the US or elsewhere and are interested in purchasing a copy please contact us by email at office@timlaman.com.