All the high-tech cameras in the world won’t capture close-up images of skittish birds without one decidedly low-tech accessory: a filming blind. The blind hides people and equipment so they don’t disturb the birds. This video features how local New Guineans used their intimate knowledge of the rainforest to build sturdy blinds using little more than saplings, vines, and machetes. Filmed and photographed by Tim Laman. Explore more at