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West Papua: Aug 2013

Painted Tiger-Parrot, Psittacella picta near Lake Habbema

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Painted Tiger-Parrot, Psittacella picta near Lake Habbema
male Painted Tiger-Parrot, Psittacella picta near Lake Habbema
Posted by jon hornbuckle on October 7, 2013 Full Size| Slideshow

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Reply Peter Odekerken
2:55 PM on March 16, 2015 
Hi John,
I am in the process of obtaining images for a book. Unfortunately I am 63 this year and don?t have the finances to get around as much as I would like to. Otherwise I would be chasing all over the place for my passion. I have always wanted to produce a book showing the parrot species and hoping that it would stir more people to understand just how vulnerable parrots are. Like most wildlife they are under threat from humans in the usual greed for more land for agriculture, mining or timber , etc. Parrots as you well know also have to contend with mans wish to keep them in captivity and the exploitation that occurs there is horrific. I admit that I have kept birds for most of my life but I don?t take birds from the wild and my birds are aviary bred. So. I am against taking birds from the wild and am an ardent conservationist. I find it very sad that some species of parrot may become extinct without an image of it ever having been shown or a video of it?s behaviour. I used to work for CSIRO Wildlife Research as a young man. The book would be sold to cover the expense as I am not financially able to fund such a project. Wether it makes a profit well that is another question. I would be very happy to be able to use any profit for some form of study etc for conservation. I have assisted a number of organisations with my own photography and video without charge eg Katala Foundation, Philippine Red-vented Cockatoo, the re-introduction of the Kuhl?s Lorikeet to the Cook Islands, the Cape Parrot in South Africa, ProAves in Colombia and others. I have had some kind photographers allow me the use of their images and others have been kind enough to accept a fee. Many seem to be interested in birds but possibly can?t be bothered in replying and some of these images they have taken may not really impact people to do something about the trend of extinction.I am prepared to pay as much as I can afford to have the privilege of using any parrot images you have. I have captive shots of most parrot species but wild images are my inspiration and what I would prefer the project to display. Naturally all birds are of interest but my favourites are the Parrots. If you are interested in helping with my book project I would love to use your images with credit given of course to the photographer.

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