Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

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.

Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna)

Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna)

Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna)

Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna)

Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna) grooming a Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

A Blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna) grooming a Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao)

Sun Conure (Aratinga solstitialis)

Penguin display. Picture by Hapsis.

Penguin display. Picture by Hapsis.

Buffy Fish Owl (Ketupa ketupu)

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.

Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)

Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco)

These Toro Toucans were among the stars of the Birds n Buddies Show.

White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). Photo by Hapsis.

White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). Photo by Hapsis.

White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). Photo by Hapsis.

White Cockatoo (Cacatua alba). Photo by Hapsis.

Southern crowned pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)

Southern crowned pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri)

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.

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)

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:

Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory)

Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory)

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata)

Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata)

Flash used in this picture.

Red Lory (Eos bornea)

Red Lory (Eos bornea)

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.

Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata). Picture by Hapsis.

Blue-streaked Lory (Eos reticulata). Picture by Hapsis.

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.

Cape Glossy starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

Cape Glossy starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher)

Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher)

Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher)

Chestnut-bellied Starling (Lamprotornis pulcher)

Yellow-collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus)

Yellow-collared Lovebird (Agapornis personatus) a.k.a. Masked Lovebird

Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum)

This must be “mimic the photographer” day.

Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum)

This was not a mating display, and even if it was, it wasn’t directed at me. Really.

Caribbean Flamingo

Caribbean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), a.k.a. American Flamingo

More! Photos! on Flickr.

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Date: 09 December 2009
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Ambient light only (unless specified).
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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