Victoria Crowned-Pigeon by Erland Howden

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This bird is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Photo taken in the ‘Rainforest Habitat’, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea.

Photographer, graphic designer, campaigner & anti-coal activist. Studying Design/Visual Communication at the University of Technology. I live in the Blue Mountains, study in Sydney and love to travel (sustainably).

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  • failingjune
    failingjuneover 6 years ago

    Wow! Fantastic capture! What a bird :)
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  • Thanks so much, I’ll add it to the group.

    – Erland Howden

  • Loxley
    Loxleyalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful – I didn’t make it to the habitat when I was in Lae, so thanks for the insight!

  • Yes, it’s pretty small, but worth a visit.

    It’s a sad story that the government sold it off because “they couldn’t afford to maintain it”. Now you have bird pens with sponsorship logos from mining & logging companies hanging on the outside – the very people responsible for destroying their habitat.

    I put the “couldn’t afford” it part in quotation marks because the PNG government would have a lot more money to spend if so much wasn’t squandered in corruption.

    Thanks for the comment.

    – Erland Howden

  • danita clark
    danita clarkalmost 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous creature – great shot !

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