Dancers on Fire
Few have witnessed the flamboyant courtship displays of Papua New Guinea's Flame Bowerbird. Hidden within the dense jungles and known by nearby villagers as the "Spirit of the Forest," the bird's flaming red plumage announces the presence of the unique bird whose extraordinary mating ritual has captured the interest of ornithologists and wildlife experts across the world. We follow acclaimed animal photographer Tadashi Shimada on his one-month mission to capture this bird's courtship dance, a ceremony never before caught on video.
Puffing itself up and twirling its tail feathers, a male King Bird-of-paradise performs its unique dance for an interested female.