Friday, April 25, 2014

Family Outing @ Jurong Bird Park

During the Easter period, we brought the girls to the Jurong Bird Park, can almost see that skip in the 3 ladies.


Actually the girls were invited for a chance to go behind the scene to see how the staff prepare the feeding for the Lories.


Joey was so excited, she totally forgotten about us, right from the start she just followed the guide in red, asking thousands of questions about this bird and that. Why was the bird name like this? Why did they live in this region?


Lory Loft
Joey insisted on the photo, showing her half bitten biscuit in her mouth. Can you see? =)


Taking a path that was usually closed to public, we went down a narrow flight of stairs and went in to the feeding stations.


A short lesson on the different types of Lories and how to differentiate them.


The children had the opportunity to touch some of the specimens too. Lesson learnt – do not touch birds cos their beaks and claws are super sharp.

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Next up, how to mix the food for the Lories. Honey + Water + Lory Dry (imported from Australia).

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The girls holding on to what they have personally prepared to feed the birds. Let’s go!


We found the “shy” Brown Lories, they tend to stay on the higher grounds.


A moment of “competition” between Joey and me. Whose feeding will the Lory pick? Papa 1-0 Daughter.

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The beautiful Rainbow Lories are everywhere in this world’s largest Lory flight aviary.


Patience pays dividends. We saw the Black-Cap Lory too!


Last but not least in the aviary, is this pair of Eclectus Parrot. The green parrot is the male due to the need to fly out in the wild to look for food, thus the colour to help it camouflage in the trees. The red parrot is the female.


Leaving the Lory Loft, we took the tram back to the entrance and took on the Eggy Day Out event for the Easter season. The girls were each given a map and a box to walk around the park to look for clues and answers to specific birds.

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First stop was the African Penguin station. These penguins came from Africa thus they do not need the cold climax.

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So what was the task for the girls? Hold the ball with your legs and walk like penguins.

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The Bird Park is relatively smaller than the Zoo, so it did not feel like we need to walk a lot before getting to another attraction within the park. Along the way, we were able to just stop and look at some of the collections, like this tiny little bird that was clinging onto the metal cage, probably thinking of how to get out.


Walked though a smelly habitat where the Scarlet Ibis were feeding. The fish smell was a bit too strong for me.



A loner who flew off on its own to enjoy the breakfast.


The good part about visiting the park early is the crowd is not as much and therefore, more time to stay at a certain place without disturbance to shoot some close up shots.

Like this Common Crowned Pigeon found at the Royal Ramble.



Another Egg Treasure Hunt stop is found near the Flamingo Pool which is home to the Chilean Flamingos and Caribbean Flamingos.


This shot was inspired while watching Running Man, can you see the 2 Flamingos in the middle? Can you see that they form a love shape?


The task here was to stand on one leg like the Flamingos for 30 seconds.

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Another weird looking bird – Cassowary (helmeted head). The Cassowary is the only flightless bird that is adapted to living in the rainforest. The casque on its head helps to push through the forest vegetation without getting hurt.


Ostrich, the only flightless bird with 2 claws.



Before we leave the park, we went to the Breeding & Research Centre (BRC), which is just besides the water playground.


This is definitely a place for educational purpose. Joey loves to just check out all the different boxes and drawers to find out what is interesting. She actually said she likes Science. Why not Maths like me? Oh well…

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Another tiring weekend, but a fun and educational one.

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