We decided to visit Jurong Bird Park.
I have absolutely no idea why but it had been a very long time since we last visited the Bird Park. While the Singapore Zoo has been more accessible than Jurong Bird Park, we had always preferred the bird park over the zoo. And that was even before we had our own bird for a pet. Now that we have been living with a green-cheeked conure for the past few months, birds have grown on us more than we ever expected.
The bird park has not really changed much as far as we can tell. The only real big change is the addition of two Philippine Eagles. Two of the now critically endangered Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagles. Technically, they don’t solely eat monkeys and hence have been renamed to simply the Philippine Eagle. A fun fact is that these are one of the largest eagles in the world. A not-so-fun fact is that there are only about 800 left in the wild. This is also the first time that the Philippines has loaned the beasts to be cared for outside of the country in a bid to protect the species from extinction should their population fall from their home country. Honestly, this was the first time that we have seen these birds up close. And even though they were perched high up in their large enclosures, they were still a marvel to look at.
We took in the rest of the bird park with a healthy banter. We re-lived the days that we were here more often (usually when we bring visitors around). And it was fun thinking back and remembering those days. It was becoming fewer and fewer, but we still try and make the most of the days that we are given. We even watched the High Flyers Show at the Pools Amphitheatre which featured semi-domesticated birds. As the trainers themselves said, the birds are trained but they are not tame.
Being new bird-people, we spent more time at Parrot Paradise than anywhere else at the park. We probably went around the area twice just to see all the parrots. Our turquoise green-cheeked conure is of the parrot family and you can tell the resemblance with nearly all of the species at the park. Except maybe for the size. After a while having the conure, we are inclined to believe that we have received a midget of a bird. It just seemed smaller than other conures that we have seen.
The trip to the bird park was fun. Apart from getting re-acquainted with the park and its avian company, it felt good remembering the good old days. We are only getting older and only the memories we bring back will trigger the thoughts and feelings that we had back in the days. I think perhaps a trip to other places that we frequented would be a good idea too.