Hapsis and I spent a manifestly inadequate 5+ hours at the Jurong Bird Park on 09 December 2009.
Visitors are encouraged take photographs with the birds at this popular exhibit (there is a well-marshalled queue, so there’s no likelihood of anyone walking in front of you just as you trigger the shutter). Park guides are present with several species of parrots and will help pose them if required. The birds are not tethered. No fees are required for photos you take yourself. An official photographer is also present; purchase of prints is optional.
This affronted-looking owl has a prominent part in the Birds of Prey free-flight demo. Donate $10 after the show and he’ll perch on your gauntlet-protected hand. There’s no guarantee that he’ll actually look at the camera, though.
These Toro Toucans were among the stars of the Birds n Buddies Show.
Three walk-in aviaries are dedicated to the three species of Crowned Pigeon, which are about the size of a large chook. The birds make a low “oom oom” sound.
The Lory Loft is the world’s largest walk-in aviary, occupying an area of 3000 square metres and 9 storeys high. Some of its denizens:
Flash used in this picture.
This Red Lory had the most appalling table manners, shaking its head after every dip and flicking nectar onto the hapless (har har!) Hapsis. Flash used in this picture.
The African Waterfall Aviary boasts a 30m man-made waterfall and a segment of the monorail track. The starling, lovebird and guineafowl photos were taken here. The area is heavily shaded and naturally lit. Flash photography was necessary for the starling pix.
This must be “mimic the photographer” day.
This was not a mating display, and even if it was, it wasn’t directed at me. Really.
Date: 09 December 2009
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Ambient light only (unless specified).
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.