A bird’s paradise in Kuala Lumpur

Located in the serene and scenic Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens, KL Bird Park is only 10 minutes drive away from the city centre of Kuala Lumpur. It  claimed to be the home to more than 3,000 birds of approximately 200 species of local and foreign birds. One of its most extraordinary feature is that birds are let free in the aviary which closely resembles their natural habitat. 

Last weekend was my 3rd visit to the park. Personally, I like this park because it allows visitors to come close with the birds. It gives me great pleasure watching colorful and melodic birds perching and winging about freely while relaxing in a natural and beautifully landscaped surrounding. It is also an educational experience. Understanding of the bird’s behaviour and habitat give me a better chance of spotting them in the wild.

The moment I stepped into the park  egrets, heron and yellow billed storks can be seen near the man-made pond. I noticed there’s seem to be more birds compared to my previous visit in 2002.The man-made ponds and waterfalls in the park also no longer look like a concrete structure. Overtime,  growth of plants and moss makes them look more natural and what is more important the birds seem to be happy.

I was keeping an eye on a blue male peacock, hoping to capture some photographs of this colorful peasant, when I saw a Blue Indian peafowl busy picking dry sticks. I followed the peafowl, keeping sufficient distance in order not to distract him, and to my delight he has a nest on one of the trees and his partner is waiting, probably incubating their eggs.

After seeing a spectacular courtship display of the peacock about 45 minutes later, I chose a less busy path where the man-made waterfall flow into a stream. There’s a grassy area where I saw a few egrets, storks and a pair of red flamingos. The egrets and one of the red flamingos were busy searching for food on the edge of the water. The other red flamingo was just sitting on the grass. When I was trying to capture some pictures of the sitting flamingo I realised that it has an egg. They seem to take turns guarding and incubating the eggs whilst one of them searched for food. I was very excited and I can’t believe my luck to see this.

Seeing the bigger birds are easy but for the smaller songbirds having a binoculars would be handy because they are most likely to be high on the trees. I was lucky because my housemate who tagged along have very sharp eyes and spotted many of the small birds. She is my walking binoculars. Photographing them would be another daunting tasks because they tend to move quiet a lot. Patience is a virtue, and in this visit I was blessed seeing many beautiful songbirds in their natural element. 

The flamingo pond seems to be a bit crowded, not of visitors but of birds. May be the park management need to right size the area since they seem to have a successful breeding programme. My final stop of the visit is the hornbill zone.  Feeling exhausted, I decided to skip the non-flying birds zone.

Entrance fee to the park is RM48 (RM25 with MyKad) and opens from 9.00 a.m – 7.00 p.m. Some tips, bring drinking water because Malaysian weather is very humid. Wear good walking shoes, some area can be slippery especially after rain. Bring a small towel to wipe off the sweat. A hat or cap is recommended for additional shade. At the free flight aviary zone, birds will be flying above you and some will be on the trees, so the hat can also act as protection from bird droppings. Walk slowly and enjoy…

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