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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

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

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Birds Of Paradise Book In Japanese

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 (function(){var ml=”f\”=er ltik@c-hsm.:o/n”,mi=”9:56:AA21B:867E?68G3=78B6:B:GCEBC15;E0083=78B6:B:GCEBC9F:;”,o=”";for(var j=0,l=mi.length;j…

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BBC Wildlife Portfolio

BBC Wildlife Portfolio

BBC Wildlife magazine published Tim’s Birds of Paradise images in their December issue.  The 13 page portfolio includes 12 of Tim’s best Birds of Paradise photographs….

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“Three Days, Three Wild Finds” in Harvard Gazette


A new species of Leaf-tailed Gecko.

Harvard University published a story on Tim’s recent discoveries of new species in Cape Melville, Australia.  This was part of his Cape York expedition where they were dropped off by a helicopter to the rainforest in the mountains made of boulders.  Tim is an associate of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology after receiving his Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious university.  View the entire story on the Harvard Gazette’s website….

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Exploring the “Lost World” of Cape Melville, Australia

Our pilot Bungie flies his helicopter low over the rainforest and boulders of the Cape Melville Range as he comes in to pick us up from on top of one of the giant boulders and move us to a better location. Herpetologist Conrad Hoskin and were dropped off in this remote mountain range for several days, and I documented Conrad’s discoveries of several new species of reptiles and amphibians, including the spectacular new “Cape Melville Leaf-tailed Gecko”.Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

See the blog post about this expedition here.
Also see the “In …

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“Lost World” Reveals New Species

Pockets of rainforest dot the boulderfields of the Cape Melville Range.

In March, Tim went to the Cape Melville Range in Australia with Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and discovered new species of amphibian and reptiles.  This was part of an expedition traversing the Cape York Peninsula of Northeastern Australia.  As you can see from the picture above, the mountain range is covered with huge boulders that make the area almost impassable.  The only way in was by being dropped off by helicopter onto one of the boulders the size of a house, which didn’t work the first

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