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Jurong Bird Park

The birds at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore have been photographed to death. I know. The fact that those pretty birds were just…there, probably, the reason why many people, me included, still out there with our cameras. You don’t have to have a gigantic lens the size of a bazooka, and you don’t have to hide and wait for a looong time for a chance to get a decent shot of birds, like you do under in ‘normal’ life.

I have to admit, I love Jurong Bird Park. I know not many people are with me on this. I’ve been here before, and I remember I always had a great time; so I was glad that I had the opportunity to go to the park again; with my kids this time. Even though my daughter clearly specified that she only wanted to feed the birds and do water play (in the venue’s water park section), and swore she would not enjoy/see anything else, she and her brother could not help but enjoying the rest of the park as well, because it’s really interesting.

Taking photos of birds, even in captivity like the ones at the park, can still be tricky. The way they move their heads, flutter their wings, and other things birds do, they do it pretty fast. It’s almost like trying to take a portrait photo, with the subject that keeps doing sudden movements every single second.

If you want to know the name of these birds, this might not be the post for you.(*12/11 update: thanks to Bird Watcher – see comments- now I am able to put the names of all the birds!). Do read further if you want to see some images I took over there; they were of birds that I thought very attractive, to me at least, colourwise, and shapewise.

Remember when I say that some birds just move to quickly for the camera, well, this one (shown below) is not one of those birds. Meet Shoebill.

This is part of what’s written on the information board about Shoebill:

..it gets its name from the fact that its beak resembles a clog which is type of Dutch shoe.It feeds on fish and uses a “standing and waiting” approach. One can observe that the shoebill stands as still as a statue, staring at the water below for a long periods up to 20 minutes, waiting for opportunity to strike…

After watching this Shoebill staring grumpily at us for a full 5 minutes without moving one single muscle, I was sure that we were looking at a bird statue, until I read the information above. After I was convinced it was a real deal,  I returned to stand right in front of it to see whether it was ever going to move. The intensity of the stare was so unnerving, considering there was no fish insight. The bird was standing next to the wooden gate, and was just stand there and staring at me. It did finally move, then I wondered whether it could fly, or jump, or pounce. That beak was bigger than my 24-70mm lens, you know. It could easily gulp it down, if it wanted to. The smart thing to do at that time I thought was to step away, really slowly, from the gate and the Shoebill. Not taking any risk…

Shoebill, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

The next bird behaved differently than Shoebill. It couldn’t stay still, and always walking around, pecking here and there. It did not even look nervous that I was standing really close to it, it kept walking closer towards me. Then I got scared. I could not figure out birds. They make me nervous sometimes.

I watched this bird, named African Grey Crowned Crane, for a while, I really like how pretty the head looked. Feel free to fill me in about the name of this bird, because I got no clue.

African Grey Crowned Crane, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

We ended the day by feeding the friendly and beautiful Lorikeets. It was a long and hot day, we were all very tired from the walk, and from the heat. It’s hard not to feel happy while feeding the Loris, they were so playful, and colourful. It was a really nice way to end the day.

Rainbow Lorikeet, African Grey Crowned Crane, Jurong Bird Park, Singapore

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  • Cindy12/11/2013 - 2:31 pm

    I’m so glad I’ve found your blog, your photos are just too pretty! 😀 Can’t believe that I haven’t been to the Birdpark since I was 13 (I think), should catch a breather soon ~ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]12/11/2013 - 4:21 pm

      thank you Cindy! you know how it is…sometimes we forget to appreciate places in our own local. Happens to me too here in Canberra… Go visit the bird park. Try to catch their shows. They are really fun!ReplyCancel

  • The Bird Watcher12/11/2013 - 7:18 pm

    As much as I appreciate the beautiful photos, I also wish people who visit the park would take a moment to learn more about what they’re seeing. The main reason for the existence of zoos, birdparks and aquariums is to educate.

    The first 4 photos show (clockwise from L to R): Great Pied Hornbill, Australian Pelican, White-crested Laughing Thrush, Temminck’s Tragopan.

    The bird with the funky hairdo is an African Grey Crowned Crane.

    The green coloured lorikeet is the Rainbow Lorikeet, while the red one is, no prizes for guesing, a Red Lory.

    The other 2 lories feeding from the plastic cup are Yellow-bibbed Lories, and the one looking on is another Rainbow Lorikeet.

    CheersReplyCancel

    • [ayu]12/11/2013 - 8:03 pm

      Ah. The answer to my prayer. Thank you so much for this valuable information on the birds. I totally agree, and support the zoos/birdparks/aquarium educational purpose; I should’ve taken time to take notes.

      I really appreciate this, and am going to write the name of the birds in this post’s images. Thank you for checking out my blog and more thank you for your generous share of knowledge. You’re awesome!ReplyCancel

Day 109 #Project365

109-365 lovebirds

Again we were woken up by the sound of rain this morning in Sydney. This week just reminded me of the wet week in Canberra a couple of months back. So wet. So long. But this morning I was very lucky. I had not one, but two very colourful visitors at my window! The Lorikeets!

To lighten the room a little bit I thought it’d best to open the blinds really wide. As I opened it, one bird flew and hopped onto the windowsill of our fourth floor apartment, then stayed just right there right in front of me. Then 5 seconds after, the second one flew in. Both tried to find shelter from the rain that was pouring hard. At first they kept to themselves, but then they started to walk a little closer and closer to each other, until they finally stood next to each other, body to body really, as if to seek warmth from each other.

Lucky me, I was there watching the whole thing. My camera was only at an arm’s length away, I quickly, and quietly -even though I was not sure whether they could be bothered by the noise that I made due to the loud rain and wind- prepared my camera and readied myself to take some birdy pictures.

Watching these two birds that close was so entertaining. Their colours are amazing, and their feathers even looked a bit more fluffed up than normal. Maybe like me they also suffered from frizzy hair thanks to the rain. The things that they did, the little synchronised tilt of their heads, those little hop hippety hop to move closer to the other for warmth, or a sudden peck from one bird for reason only they knew, it was just amazing to watch. Thirty centimeter was the mere distance between me and the birds. The kids were enjoying this live nature show as well next to me. I was not sure whether the birds could see me with the window closed, but I was glad they were facing me/window and not the other way. Or maybe they were watching us too and they were equally entertained by our behaviour, I wasn’t sure.

I took several pictures while keeping the window still closed. I did not want to shoo them away by opening it. But then I had to resort to manual focus, because with the auto focus my lens frequently got confused with the window glass; that it took the glass as the focus and not the Lorikeets behind it. Once I thought I had enough acceptable pictures with that window closed, I took a step further by opening the window bit by bit. Because I thought the bottom of the window was a bit dirty, maybe I could get better pictures without the glass between us. Surely enough, just one short slide up of the window startled them, so I continued opening it larger as quietly as I could. They did not stay longer after that. Probably just 5 more shots from me then they were gone. They did not sit together cosily like before, they were so aware of me they were nervously moving this way and that before they flew away. Good thing the rain eased up a bit. I hope they found a better shelter after that because the rain just did not want to quit. It’s going to be wet until the end of this week, unfortunately…

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