Tropical birds in a natural setting

In a past trip to Singapore, which was more years ago that I care to remember, I had visited  Jurong Bird Park and was left with a last memory of how many amazing birds were there and many were free flying. So, coming back (yes it was 25 years ago!) I wanted to revisit and see if it was a good as the first time.

We decided to take public transport. Getting there took a while and was a little convoluted. Firstly, we took the MRT to Boon Lay Station and the walked (about 1-2 mins) to the Boon Lay Bus Interchange. Things would have been easier if I hadn’t got us on to the wrong bus – but eventually we caught the bus number 251 and got off one stop later.

The next few hours we spent wandering around the bird park. I loved many of the large open aviaries where the birds could move freely. Also, there we some wonderful outdoor enclosures for the waterfowl, especially the pelicans. We also had some fun in the enclosure with the parakeets who greedily guzzled on the nectar we bought on the way in, despite being told they were not feeling very hungry.

Sadly, some of the birds were in enclosures that I would say have not been updated for years and had wire meshing that made it hard to clearly see the birds. I assume putting the birds behind glass might not be ideal in the Singapore climate.

Overall, we had a good time but in some ways my previous memories were tarnished. This may be down to the fact that in the intervening years since my last visit I had experienced so much more and this had put Jurong into this broader context. I don’t think I will be going back.

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Bird of paradise

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A hornbill

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