This stuffed bird has nothing to do with the US’ annual bird stuffing. Rather, it is part of a special exhibit at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin called Federflug – 150 Jahre Urvogelfund – Feathered flight – 150 years of Archaeopteryx. I already posted photos of the feather ascribed to the genus (without any more solid evidence than the lack (so far) of other feathered dinosaurs with flight feathers from Solnhofen).
Here#s one more of the pheasant, before we move on to other exhibited birds:
close-up of the tail base – note how the colors change when the light changes!
The exhibit has a lot of cool stuff to offer, but for me, once again, the best stuff were the excellent specimens created by the MfN taxidermists.
Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)
I LOVE the dynamic pose of this White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)!
Altogether, photography in the exhibit is not really easy. Dark overall, lots of spotlights, lots of glass to reflect them, and lots of white interior to mirror itself in the glass, too.
Obviously, the new camera helps, especially with the HDR and backlight portrait modes.
Aside from stuffed birds the exhibition also has some ripped-apart birds, explaining about feather functions and shapes and so on.
I’ll have more to say later, and I will show you the other stars of it, the casts of Archaeopteryx.