I was playing around with the pictures from my past trips. I stopped and started at this Red Ibis and decided, why not, let this be the Lazy Sunday Photo.
I clicked this picture at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, popularly known as KL Bird Park. I would love to see the Red Ibis in the wild too! Have a lazy Sunday folks. It was my last stop on my visit to Kuala Lumpur in 2012. Incidentally that was my first invitation abroad and what fun it was.
If you are visiting the KL Bird Park here are some tips for you.
Keep ample time, there are many areas ans anything less than a half day would be too little.
It goes without saying- do not disturb the birds.
There is a souvenir shop within the premises, I bought two t-shirts from there.
You get taxis right from the entrance of the park.
They have an official website, do check it out.
The aviary is high enough for the birds to move around, so you do got get bars in your pictures.
It is a photographer’s paradise.
I would die to see a few of these birds in the wild, they were so exotic.
Like everywhere else, you are asked not to feed the birds.
Be prepared for a bout of rain anytime. There are shelters in the park but bringing an umbrella is also a good idea.
But a few birds are in cages.
They are open on all public holidays.
They have a cafe, Hornbill but due to lack of time, I could not check it out.
Before I leave here is a video of the birds from the park.
If I ever head that way, I would visit the park again. I would make an effort to visit the butterfly park too, which I missed out on.
I will show you the parrots from the KL Bird Park (from a May 2012 trip) but before that you have to listen to my woes. Two of my trips in February got cancelled and suddenly I am left with a feeling that I have no pictures to post on the blog. When this happens I go rummaging through my folders and I am not enthusiastic about it. I would go ahead and add that it actually leaves me in a very foul mood.
And yet sometimes I do get a set of pictures which make me wonder why did I not use them before? There are trips planned in March and I have to somehow survive till then. Over to the beautiful parrots.
Blue Macaw Parrot
Bird photography is tough but in a bird park it becomes just a bit easier as you get to see a lot of birds in a short span of time! They are probably more used to human beings as well.
There are a lot of parrots in the KL Bird Park. I saw some right at the entrance. But there is another section devoted to parrots only and it was a feast for the eyes.
A Pair of Parrots
I would have liked to spend more time at the park but I visited it on my last day. And if I would have spent more time that would mean missing out on the evening flight back home!
So I clicked quickly before heading to the souvenir shop to pick up a bird themed shirt for my niece. I am so averse to shopping but I do like to pick up things for my nephews, niece and my daughter.
And no I did not miss my flight in spite of pushing it to the limit! Now let us see what can I find for tomorrow after rummaging my folders!
I often say I became interested in birds only after I acquired my zoom lens. Then I could bring the birds closer and ask my more knowledge friends to identify them for me. And gradually it grew on me. I don’t have any super zooms, only a 70-300 mm lens. So to get a reasonable picture I am actually at the mercy of the bird. If it lets me inch closer I get a decent shot, if not then I try another bird! So when I got an opportunity to research and visit some of the birding sites in Malaysia I did a piece on Hotspots for birding in Malaysia. Do check it out.
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I have posted pictures from the KL Bird Park before. I actually like to identify the birds before I post them so two more exotic ones got left out initially. They are the Silver Pheasant and Mandarin Duck. At that point of time I was clicking pictures for making a stop motion video. How I wish I had clicked a better one of the Silver Pheasant!
You can check out the official website for the KL Bird Park and explore it before you visit.
I took a taxi to the bird park from the Petronas Twin Towers. It took me less than half an hour to reach there. The entry fee was 48 ringgit. This is the adult rate. Children are charged at a lower rate. A ringgit at the moment is roughly 18 Indian rupees.
This was my first sighting of a Silver Pheasant and what a magnificent creature it was! All the while that I was in this part of enclosure the bird was going about its business of eating and walking around. But there were quite a few other exotic birds in this part and my attention was divided. There was a pair of Golden Pheasants too but they were hiding in thick bushes and I don’t have a single decent picture of them!
And here is a Mandarin Duck another beauty from the same enclosure. Once again this was the first time I set my eyes on this bird too. The bird park was quite walkable for me but then I love walking. Only I got so enthralled by the first section that I had to rush through the Parakeet section as I had no time, I had a flight back home the same day.
It was easy to hire a cab from the park itself and this has been one of my most memorable experiences at KL. So if you love birds, do visit the park.