Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fashionista's Escapades: KL Bird Park

I recently went for a study trip with my students. It was in this trip that we decided to stop by KL Bird Park for a visit. Inspired by AirAsia's Travel 3Sixty in-flight magazine, I saw the pretty photos and decided, why not? So, we came, bought the entrance tickets (which is priced at RM20 each, and fortunately for me, I asked for a discount and got it for RM15 each! I think we got the discount because there were so many of us).

So, what did we find? Birds, of course! Here are the photos of our trip:

This is the entrance of the bird park. Once you've paid your tickets, you'll be given a wrist-tag and a booklet containing information on KL Bird Park and a map of the park. 

Upon entering the park, we were greeted by colorful parrots. As you can see, these parrots are definitely not timid. Here's one of my students, bravely offering his finger as bird food. 

These birds are definitely friendly and not-at-all afraid of strangers. I think they're used to being the focus of all the attention in this park =).

Another very colorful parrot.

This bird looks like our Malaysian bangau.. But then again maybe not.. Heh.. 

Me and some of the students sitting for a pose. A word of caution though, be very, very careful of where you sit/ stand or walk for that matter, bird poo is everywhere (it is a bird park) so if you're not careful, you might just be sitting/ standing or walking on one. 

Oh, this bird is just trying to show off his tail to the other birds. Or is it a sign of courtship?

I kinda forgot the name of this bird, but it kinda resembles scrooge's facial expression *haha*

A bird enjoying its afternoon snack of papaya. Eating upside down is certainly not one of the things that I expect a bird to enjoy, but hey, apparently I'm wrong *hehe*.

A duck swimming in a pond full of fish. This kinda reminds me of my childhood, growing up in Stirling where there'd be ducks and swans during summer enjoying the hot summer sun and swimming in the lake at Stirling University.

You know how as a photography enthusiast, we try our best to get the best photos (that means being really persistent and sometimes being downright annoying) so I think this peacock must have been really annoyed at me following him so he's giving me the look that says, 'Stop following me!' 

I finally got a good shot of the peacock. Hurrah!

The peacock's magnificent tail. Love the bright colors.

The graceful flamingo. These birds are definitely yoga masters.

Watcha lookin' at?

Oh, by the way, this is an emu. I initially thought that they were ostriches but judging by their size, they are slightly smaller than the ostrich.

Most birds are allowed to roam freely in the park (which the exception of predatory birds like the eagle and some others) so do expect to see those birds strutting their stuff everywhere. In actual truth, I've never seen an eagle before (up close like this, most of the eagles that I've seen are from the Discovery Channel) and this is the first time I've seen one =). Well to tell you the truth, I've never seen the flamingo, emu or most of the birds here before either.

The owl. A nocturnal animal they sleep during the day and are active during the night.

This is another type of owl. Their Malay names can sound pretty scary (i.e. the owl itself is translated into 'Burung Hantu' and some of the owls' Malay names include words like 'Jembalang' etc).

Another owl up close.

If you do come and visit the park, make sure to be aware of feeding times for the birds, it's quite a spectacle watching them eat. Since they are trained to eat at certain times, you might encounter hordes of birds quickly marching to their assigned feeding locations.

Can you guess the names of the birds?

This one I know, it's the hornbill, a bird commonly found in Borneo =).

For an RM20 fee, you can enjoy a photo with the birds. Let me tell you, these are live birds but don't be scared, they're extremely friendly =).

Post photo-shoot, I was also able to snap some photos of the birds up close *hurrah*:

Not far from the photo booth, there's a Chinese guy (who's very talented) offering his services to write your name in bird calligraphy for RM20.

I opted to request for my name written. That's the first letter, F. Looks like a bird, right? Thus, I call it, bird calligraphy *heh heh*.

He is very fast, I think it only took him about 15 minutes to finish his handiwork. 

Voila! F-A-R-E-I-N-Y. That's me, by the way =).

And we also managed to watch a bird show.

The students are so excited to watch the show that they were actually early =).

The best part of the show is that not only we got to know more about birds and their natural habitat, but there were birds flying over our heads that made the show quite a suspense.

This is one of the trainers with one of the park's eagle. Their claws can be quite sharp so that's why if you notice, the trainer is wearing thick gloves.

I got lucky and managed to capture a photo of an eagle in flight =). This is so far one of my favorite photos.

So peeps, if you have time, do drop by the KL Bird Park for an interesting experience walking with birds. I sure loved my trip, and oh, just in case you're wondering, it takes at least 3 - 4 hours for you to enjoy the park to its fullest =).

xoxo Fashionista in Action xoxo

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