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25 striking portraits of endangered and rare birds

Tim Flach is a famous photographer. He is famous for his amazing portraits. He treats animals with the same care he would treat his human models. Tim has captured both domesticated and wild animals. Whether those animals are in their natural habitat or against a plain background, he always managed to capture their essence. Especially endangered and rare birds. 

He has a goal and that is to raise awareness about endangered and rare birds. So he went to find Blue Tit, The Gouldian Finch, Northern Red Cardinal, and many other interesting and rare birds. 

Tim himself loves animals. He owns 3 goldfish and 2 Burmese cats. But he didn’t mention how his cats and bird models are getting along. 

So here are the list and portraits of endangered and rare birds

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1. The Himalayan Monal 

This bird is the National bird of Nepal. 

2. Blue Tit

According to the photographer, Blue Tits are a common sight at bird tables in the U.K. And researchers found that the British put double the food in bird feeders than other Europeans, because they believe that it contributes to some birds developing longer beaks.

Working with so many animal models is not an easy task. It requires creative and managerial skills as well. So this photographer spends a lot of time on his photographs. According to him it really depends on the project that he is doing.

According to him, if he is doing a commission, He is most likely to be photographing a domestic animal like a cat or dog. Then he probably works through a wrangler or handler because, at that point, everything needs to be confirmed with the agency and the client.

But when he worked on his own personal projects, it is often that he is following a concept or an idea. And that animal then is to represent that. The next question is how does this photographer get to access those animals?

Then he has to take the situation, case by case. For example, if he wants to access an endangered Saiga that can only be found in some national park near that Caspian Sea in Russia, then he has to get his friend in Moscow to organize something with the national park to get some kind of permission and visa.

3. Inca Tern

For the photographer, this bird is the Salvador Dali of the bird world. When it comes to the length of the Peruvian Inca tern’s mustache, the longer it is the healthier the bird. A long mustache indicates a stronger immune system and therefore a more attractive proposition for courtship.

4. The Gouldian Finch

According to the photographer, the Gouldian Finch from Australia for him is one of the most colorful of all finches. He was fortunate to have a model on the day that permitted him to come nearby, sometimes too close, as the bird decided to land on his head a number of times rather than to stay on his perch.

The next thing is having someone around who is familiar with these animals’ behavior. On this amazing bird project, Flach has help from a man who is like a producer and is an expert on birds, and even keeps birds at home.

The photographer had developed a different approach to every case. Some birds can not be put into an aviary in the studio, and sometimes he needs to get special permissions from the zoo, and so on.

According to him, he has to present a kind of case for why he wants to get that access to them, For example, at the moment, he is trying to get access to a very rare fossil. That fossil is unique, and he has to have a conference call with various people at the museum to convince them that it is worth him having access to such an extraordinarily rare and important fossil.

5. Silver Laced Polish Chicken

6. Northern Red Cardinal

There Nothern Red Cardinals are adept songsters, each individual can produce more than a dozen song variations. And according to the photographer, this particular cardinal had a fair bit of attitude, like he could have flown straight out of Angry Birds.

7. Major Mitchell

The beautiful crest on the heads of cockatoos is one of the things that sets them apart from other parrots. But, they share the longevity of many members of the parrot family. And they have a very similar life span to humans.

8. The Philippine Eagle

He spent days traveling through the mountains on the Philippine islands looking for this eagle, and in the end, He photographed it at a rescue sanctuary. The Philippine Eagle has one of the largest wings spans of an eagle, at 2 meters, and it is only found on the Philippine islands, where it is the national bird. IUCN: Critically Endangered.

9. Jacobin Pigeon

These birds are one of the oldest domestic pigeon breeds in the world. They are originating from India. Their arrival in Europe during the 16th century is what sparked their evolution into the fashionable exhibition birds we see today.

10. Longtail Broadbill

This rare bird, long-tailed broadbill can be found from the Himalayas to Southeast Asia. He reminds me of a fighter pilot – but a lot of you seem to think he looks like Elvis – with him a helmet-like black cap and sleek blue patch on their crown.

11. Black Jacobin Pigeon

The Black Jacobin Pigeon received its European name because it is hood of feathers resembles the garments worn by the Jacobin order of monks. For others, it resembles a lady in feathery clothing.

12. Victoria Crowned Pigeon

The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is considered the largest of the living pigeon species and can be found on mainland New Guinea. The only larger member of the pigeon family would have been the Dodo.

So, naturally, each of his photoshoots is different. He thinks the one thing as a photographer is that you can have your kind of formulas and approaches to certain problem-solving. When it comes to animals, each can have different situations whether that means diving with hammerhead sharks, tracking down polar bears in the Arctic, or penguins as he did in the Antarctic last Christmas. That is slightly different than his models in the studio.

This photographer mostly untrained animals. With a bird book, he might have over 100 birds, and yes, the parrots and the ones for shows, of course, they’re quite trained. But for the vast majority of his animals, He is there, literally perched behind a hideout with an 800mm lens. waiting for something just to turn in his direction.

13. The Toco Toucan

The Toco Toucan’s beak is the largest relative to the body size of any bird and it can be used to regulate heat distribution similar to elephants’ ears. While sleeping, heat loss can be reduced by placing their beak under their wing.

14. Egyptian Vulture

The process is quite different and easier in the studio. Tim has a special birdcage that makes him virtually invisible to the birds. It even has a turntable.

Almost all the time, the birds are happily perched on this, and it whizzes in circles, so He can get the exact angle he wants. The opportunities where he can have control and how much control can vary enormously. He says there is a feeling of amazement in the uncertainty of photographing animals because you never really know what will happen in front of the lens. And that is why the portraits he creates are unique. He is not pushing anything. He allows his subjects to communicate and gives the audience space to imagine everything else.

15. Red Splash Jacobin Pigeon

The Jacobin is Probably the most regal pigeon. This rare bird has been kept by the likes of Charles Darwin and Queen Victoria. It gets its name because of the hood of feathers enveloping its head.

16. Andean Cock Of The Rock

During breeding male Cock of the rock take part in confronting displays which is rather like a dance battle with other males which gets more and more frenzied as the female approaches.

17. The Grey Crowned Crane

This beautiful bird, the grey-crowned crane is from Southern and Eastern Africa. It has a reputation for being rather short-tempered and can potentially take one’s eye out with a single peck. When it started pecking at the photographers’ camera and seemed intent to start on Tim, he didn’t hang around.

18. Shoebill

19. The King Vulture

Mayans believed that the King vulture was the messenger between gods and people. Contrary to the common association between vultures and deserts, the king vulture inhabits the dense forests found in South America up to Mexico.

20. Vultrurine Guineafowl Hen

Guineafowl hens can lay up to 40 eggs per season. That is one of the reasons that this bird is not a threatened species. They can be found in the bushy half-deserts of Eastern Africa and spend most of their time running rather than flying.

21. Crested Miniature Duck

This domestic duck is a crested miniature. the comb-like structures around the edge of their beak allow them to strain through the mud for food such as insects.

22. The Nicobar Pigeon

This pigeon is the closest living relative to the Dodo. They are a threatened species hunted for food and their gizzard stones are extracted for jewelry. They are a nomadic species moving from places like the Nicobar islands in India to other coastal regions in Southeast Asia.

23. Bearded Tit

These Bearded tits are the only British songbird to stay and breed in reed beds all year round. There are less than 600 breeding pairs of bearded tits found in Britain. That most likely they are limited by habitat. They build their nests low down in the reeds. A group of bearded tits is called a ‘banditry’.

24. This Silver-Laced Rooster

This Silver-laced rooster has come to symbolize, in Polish literature and art, a country gentleman from medieval Poland. He took this photograph at the Federation Championship Poultry Show a few weeks back.

25. Hooded Vulture

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