Fieldwork with the Family

Photo by Trevor Frost of Tim Laman with daughter Jessica, waiting for an orangutan to wake up from a nap at Gunung Palung National Park.

Photo by Trevor Frost of Tim Laman with daughter Jessica, waiting for an orangutan to wake up from a nap at Gunung Palung National Park.

For many months of each year, I am in the field on my own.  But most summers in recent years, I have traveled with my wife Cheryl Knott, who is a Boston University professor and orangutan researcher, to her field site in Gunung Palung National Park in Borneo.  And we have also been taking our children with us.  This year I have been working on a new orangutan project for National Geographic, and NatGeo asked us to also cover the family angle.  So we have been writing a series of blog posts for their PROOF blog.

See the latest post from my daughter Jessica at:  Postcards-from-Borneo-the-best-swimming-hole-in-Gunung-Palung

To learn more about conserving orangutans in the spectacular Gunung Palung National Park area, visit saveGPorangutans.org

 

 

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    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.

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      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.

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        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.

         

         

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          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

           

           

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            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.

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              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.

               

               

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                “Best Exploration Film” winner at the New York Wild Film Festival

                Our short Bird of Paradise film called “Paradise Found”, shot by Tim Laman, Ed Scholes and Eric Liner, and produced/edited by Tom Swartwout won the category “Best Exploration Film”.  It was a real honor and thrill to attend the festival this past weekend in New York City at the famed Explorer’s Club.

                New York Wild Film Festival logo

                New York Wild Film Festival logo

                Here is the TRAILER for the festival, which gives you a great overview of the films we saw last Saturday.  You’ll see glimpse of Tim rappelling and birds of paradise performing in the reel.

                Go to the festival WEBSITE to see the trailers for the individual films and learn more about the winning films.

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                  Canon Gallery S Exhibit in Tokyo

                  Poster for Tim Laman's Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

                  Poster for Tim Laman’s Bird of Paradise photography exhibit in Tokyo at the Canon Gallery S

                  Ever since I was a teenager growing up in Japan and visited the Canon photo galleries in Tokyo, I had a dream to one day have my own work featured there.  Now I am happy to say that a selection of my best Bird-of-Paradise photographs are on exhibit at the Canon Gallery S in Canon S Tower in Shinagawa, Tokyo.  It is a short walk from Shinagawa station, so if you are in Tokyo, please check it out.  It includes a video I shot in 4K using Canon’s amazing EOS-1D C camera recently in Australia, displayed on a huge 84 inch monitor, and also samples of stills taken from 4K video frames.

                   

                   

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                    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.

                     

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