Singapore Day 2

March 19, 2012

Today is the day we had been waiting for, the day we could visit the Jurong Bird Park.  Our plan was to take the metro and then the bus over to the park, enjoy that for a few hours, and then explore to see if we could find the store that sells knitting supplies.

The trip over to the park was uneventful.  It is just a short walk from the metro to the bus station, and the bus takes you directly to the park.  When we arrived we were greeted by beautiful arches of blooming orchids.  One thing we’ve found is that the best zoos have beautiful botanical displays as well as the animal exhibits.  The Jurong Bird Park proves that point.  (The San Diego Zoo is another example.)

Because the park is so large and there is so much to see, this visit was very different from the last one.  Our only repeats were the penguins (always fun) and the Birds of Prey Show, which was a disappointment this time.

Our primary area of focus this time was the birds of Southeast Asia exhibit.  They have a wide variety of very beautiful birds, some of which wander about loose, so you can get fairly close to them.

After we finished with the Southeast Asian birds, we walked through some other areas of the park, where we saw things like the cassowary (below) and the African Crowned Crane

Following this we went over to the African Waterfall Aviary section, where they were getting ready to feed some birds.

Later we walked around to see some other birds, like the Flamingoes, the Marabou Stork, and the Shoebill Stork.

Along the way we had an encounter with a lizard, before we got to the Birds of Prey Show.

There is way too much to see in this park in one day.  We were there for more than five hours, and only covered a portion of the park.  We have now been to the Jurong Bird Park three times, and if we return to Singapore will definitely visit the bird park again.  If you like birds and nature in general, the Jurong Bird Park is a must-visit.  It is easy to get to without having to go on an official excursion.  Their website tells you everything you need to know, and to catch the bus back to the metro, you only need to go to where you got off the bus, because all it does is a loop between the station and the bird park.

As we bid farewell to Singapore we will leave you with a picture of some intriguing buildings.  We first saw them at night and were not sure that they were not straight vertical, but it turns out that at least the center one has a definite lean to it.  A function of feng shui, perhaps?  Or perhaps just another example of the imaginative architecture found in Singapore.

As usual there are additional photos in the album.


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