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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

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Up before dawn and onto a small boat; speeding across the dark water as night holds on to those last moments; landing on a pier; walking down to the start of the jungle; turning my phone into a torch; and crashing into the trees and up the hill.

The sun is starting to come out by the time I finish the walk to the top through the jungle. In those early morning minutes when blue becomes yellow in front of your eyes, I stand silent and still in a small clearing. I’m staring intently up at the branches of a tree, listening closely as well.

I hear them before I see them, a sound like a blending of a squawk and a crow. “Ark, ark, ark, ooh-ooh-oo-oo-oo-ahh.”

I spot one, then another, and another. Three of them – red birds of paradise – here in the only place on the planet they are found in the wild: Raja Ampat in the West Papua region of Indonesia.

The birds are named appropriately. They really do come from a place that could be paradise. Raja Ampat, an archipelago of about 1500 islands, has the richest marine biodiversity on earth. That, in turn, has created prime conditions for the evolution of animals and humans on the land above the water. Read More

Up before dawn and onto a small boat; speeding across the dark water as night holds on to those last moments; landing on a pier; walking down to the start of the jungle; turning my phone into a torch; and crashing into the trees and up the hill. The sun is starting to come out […]