Firstly: Merry Christmas everyone! Even here in muslim-dominated Malaysia the modern non-religious, commercial christmas is widely celebrated, just for fun.
Now on to some serious photography business. Ever wondered what would happen if you stood still for too long in a jungle? You can probably guess from this photo of a non-glass ‘greenhouse’…
The best way to kick-start a visit to the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is at the Hornbill Cafe-Restaurant, because like all good cafe-restaurants it backs into the largest free-flight bird park in the world. Early in the morning there are few guests. Human guests, that is. Be prepared to guard your food against polite blue magpies, persistent cattle heron, and huge marauding hornbills!
(p.s if the cheeky little yellow and black bird is reading this – I want my tomato slice back!)
No introduction is necessary for the peacocks – they’ll sure let you know they’re there! There must have been about 30 or 40 spread throughout the park and even the hippest groups of young tourists loved them. They were very dazzling in their full, colourful display and with their persistent mating calls… and the peacocks were just as loud!
The undisputed king of the heap was the biggest, meanest looking Ground Hornbill I’ve ever seen. Ok, I’ve only seen this one but you get my drift. You only want to go near one of these to take its passport photo when it is distracted with the entrails…
The other hornbills were a little smaller (still turkey sized though) and a fair bit less mean-looking. The Rhinocerous Hornbill is definitely the strangest looking, but is beautifully coloured. All the hornbills have a distinct trumpeting sound – this guy had the biggest sound of the lot on account of that big banana strapped to his head.
With the end of the bird park and the passing of the heat of the day, there was nothing left to do but to take up a small spade, grab a pot of dirt and start planting. Well if I wasn’t photographing the old gardening shed in the nice golden light I would have – it was just calling out for green-thumbed people to come and get their hands dirty.