Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Jurong Bird Park


With my Groupon expiring, I finally hiked it out to the west side and visited the well-known Jurong Bird Park. 50 acres of lush scenery and squawking fowl awaited me on this rainy Saturday.

The natural beauty of the park blew me away, and the exhibits blended in wonderfully with the foliage of the area. Thus, walking from place to place was a treat itself. From flamingos to falcons, the park had species of all shapes, sizes, and colors (see the pics below). The two shows I attended, though clearly crafted for a younger audience, were tons of fun, as the birds swooped just over the heads of the crowd and performed some very nice tricks.

2-3 hours is plenty of time to take in all of the exhibits and shows. I did not do the tram ride, but it didn't go to any areas that could not be reached on foot (unlike the Night Safari, where some of the most exotic animals were only on the tram route). One note of caution - if you are nursing a headache of any sort, the bird park is probably not an ideal destination. Combine the chatter of the birds and the squeal of many children running amok, and you have a perfect recipe for minor migraines.

Time to let the pictures do the talking:


10 points for Gryffindor
Soaring through the air
The macaw sits in the back, laughing at his flightless friends
All dressed up with nowhere to go
Ready for his late afternoon snack
The falconer makes a grand entrance, with his trusty falcon perched on his glove
Always watching...always
A parrot! And a blue parrot!
I felt like I was interrupting a first date
These feeding stations with fruit were scattered throughout the Waterfall Aviary
The waterfall was a pretty awesome backdrop
One more time

This guy was a major punk in his enclosure, scaring off all of the other birds
The crowned pigeons were great models all day
Up close and personal in the Lory Loft
My favorite shot of the afternoon
After the afternoon, I made an important realization - when I reach old man status, there is a strong possibility that I will be the guy who goes to the local park every day to feed the pigeons. Jurong Bird Park definitely makes my top 5 places to visit in Singapore.

7 comments:

  1. Great pictures for Jurong bird park .. I love pink flamingos and crowned pigeon. I have compiled an infographics about 10 unique birds to watch in the park. Please let me know how did you find it. It is posted on my blog here:

    http://sgtravelinfo.com/infographics/top-10-unique-birds-jurong-bird-park-singapore/

    Cheers,

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    1. That infographic is amazing!! And I agree, the flamingos are great but I had no idea that the young ones were gray. Great post Habib

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    2. Thanks Patrick. You can post the infographics on your blog for your readers. The instructions can be found on the link above.

      I am posting Singapore related infographics on the following page on the blog:

      http://sgtravelinfo.com/travel/infographics/

      Cheers,

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  2. +50 for the HP reference. Also, here's what I imagined when I read the last paragraph: http://starrymusings.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/home-alone-2-lost-in-new-york-brenda-fricker-bird-lady.jpg. Haha.

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