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|
|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|
|The crowned pigeons were great models all day|
|Up close and personal in the Lory Loft|
|My favorite shot of the afternoon|