Jurong Bird Park - more bird pictures
The Singapore Jurong Bird Park is great for taking bird pictures - especially close-up bird portraits and even abstract bird pictures, such as the main image in my other selection of images from the Jurong Bird Park. Or this minimalist image here.
Purists might dismiss this as not being "pure" bird photography, such as photographing birds in their natural habitats in the wild.
Well, I for one does not have the patience for "pure" or "true" bird photography.
And I can tell you that even within the confines of a bird park, where the birds might simply walk around rather than fly about - and not return until many hours later - it is still quite a challenge to capture them in the right "pose" and in the right moment, with good natural lighting,
So I recently bought myself a one-year season ticket to the bird park in Singapore. I would need to go there another four times within the year to make my purchase worthwhile. Let's see if I make it. For now, it is my pleasure to present to you a second gallery of images from my three recent visits to the Jurong Bird Park, in July and August 2008.
My first gallery of bird pictures featured all water fowls.
Sorry, folks, but you will have to bear with a few more of these birds here - because they happen to be the easiest to photograph and they also look rather nice - like this "night bird" here:
The adjustments were actually a bit more complicated, because when I darkened the image, the eyes of the bird became too dark and I had to find a way to brighten them. But overall, I was pleased with the results. This was taken during my second trip to the Jurong Bird Park and I was sufficiently pleased to go back a third time about a week later.
Another bird portrait that rather pleased me was this, which I call the "wise bird" because its many wrinkles remind me of wise old men:
This next bird was both easy and hard to photograph.
It was easy because it simply sat still, and did not move at all for a very long while. I had all the time to compose and plan my shot.
Yet it was difficult to bring out its true beauty, of its very fine feathers at the back of its head. I hope I have succeeded here to some extent, after some adjustments with Lightroom 2.0. But if you don't know what I am trying to show in this next bird photo, then I have failed :-(
Okay, moving away from water fowls, a major attraction at the Jurong Bird Park is a group of very bright and colourful parrots (perhaps they are called macaws?) near the entrance.
Part of the attraction is for visitors to pay money to have their photos taken, with the birds resting on their hands and shoulders.
I was content to play around with colours and unusual compositions, ending up with this:
This being a bird park in the tropics, a section that the visitor ought not to miss is the one on tropical birds.
This is a walk-in aviary. It's not the big one called the waterfall aviary, in which Jurong Bird Park boasts the world's highest artificial waterfall rising over 100-ft. I went in there and found it almost impossible to take any bird pictures. I will try again on my next visit.
But the tropical birds section is a smaller walk in aviary, with the dark and damp feel of a tropical rainforest.
Taking bird pictures in such an environment is therefore not easy. It's almost like in a real tropical rainforest, where the birds do fly around.
I managed only a few good bird pictures, including this dove that has a somewhat fluffy breast:
And this colourful bird feeding on half an orange. Buy hey, the orange is not a tropical fruit!
Oh well, at least it kept the bird there long enough for me to take a decent picture:
Well, I am not quite done yet with my bird pictures from the Jurong Bird Park. Next, I will be presenting a series of pictures of ducks. They are so pretty and relatively easy to photograph, so this should encourage budding bird photographers.
I hope you enjoyed this second gallery of bird photographs.