There’s Birds, There’s Trees…

One of the last things I did on my recent trip to Kuala Lumpur was visit the Bird Park.  Kuala Lumpur boasts one of the largest covered (netting) bird sanctuaries in the world.  I’ve been to a number of these open-air bird parks but none as large as this.  The place was well maintained and clean.   Most importantly, the birds all looked healthy and happy.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

In addition to birds, there was quite a variety of plants, trees, and flowers.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

These long strings of seeds hung in bunches from a palm tree.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  To get this shot I had to go around the back side of the tree which was on the edge of a pretty steep precipice.  After getting this shot, I lost my balance and stepped backward down the hill where my flip-flop shod foot went between some nasty sharp rocks.  I lost a good bit of hide off my ankle and toes from this.  Fortunately, I was able to find a bathroom where I could scrub the mess out of the wounds to get out all the nastiness that was growing on the rocks.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

This bird was friendlier than he looks.  He looks quite upset here but I promise I didn’t do anything to him to earn that scowl.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5

When I first saw this dove I thought it had mange but I later came across more of them and they all had the same shabby appearance.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5

While wandering the park, I came across this little snail tucked away in the curl of a leaf.  The macro feature of the MD Minolta 35-70mm is quite handy and can give a 1:4 reproduction ratio.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Striking red eyes against the grey and black plumage!

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5

Such delicate, beautiful flowers.  I’ve no idea what they are and haven’t seen them anywhere in the U.S.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 135m f/3.5

Macro of the middle bit of this vibrant flower.  If  you click on the photo you can see a larger version where you can better see the drops of nectar.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

The astute observer will notice in the image caption below that I used the 35-70mm for this shot.  That’s not a typo.  These birds were really skittish and would hide deep in the trees and bushes.  Using the 135mm, I kept getting too much foreground clutter from all the branches and leaves.  I found that if I used the shorter lens, I could hold the camera above my head and stuff it up into the tree to get nice close-ups like this.  The birds were afraid of me but not my camera.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

This tree had fruit growing off the trunk.  I couldn’t tell if that was part of the tree or some other plant that’s taken refuge here.

Sony A7R w/ Minolta Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8
Sony A7R w/ Minolta Rokkor-X 24mm f/2.8

This bird was hopping from branch to branch in a real fit to find something.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

Found what he was looking for!  Those two happily sat together after their reunion.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

This bird had the most amazing eyes set against the blackest feathers I’ve ever seen.  If he turned his beak right toward me, all I could see was a black hole with two intense staring eyes.  The blue feathers around his neck and back have an iridescent shine to them.  The direction of light on his feathers had a profound effect on the amount of color you could see.  I really enjoyed watching him going about his business.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

His business was collecting flowers.  I never did find where he was taking them.  I’d catch him gathering various flowers and leaves and then he’d fly away.  Minutes later I’d find him again.  I finally managed to get a photo of him with his prize.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

I shot a lot of photos at the park but I’ll spare you the repetition.  Less is more.

My final shot as I was walking back to the entrance.  I liked the warm glow of light through the leaves of this tree.

Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5
Sony A7R w/ MD Minolta 35-70mm f/3.5

If you happen to visit Kuala Lumpur, I can highly recommend spending a few hours at the Bird Park.  It was peaceful, not crowded, and inexpensive.  That’s three good marks in my book.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.  I’ve got another  bunch of photos from a trip to a local sunflower field and to a waterfall in the Appalachian Mountains.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “There’s Birds, There’s Trees…

  1. Tried posting remarks to your previous post- of the Temple- but was unable to. Those pic’s were perhaps the most colorful you’ve ever shot! Amazing. These were beautiful as well, of course… thank you for sharing your travels with us, Tom- amazing adventures for you!!

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  2. Thanks Wes. That was an enjoyable evening of shooting and proved to be well worth the taxi ride and walk.
    I recently started gathering up some old Olympus OM Zuiko lenses and have now had a chance to put them to work. I won’t make comparisons between them and the Minolta MDs just yet but, from what I’ve seen, they’re really good. My next post will include some shots I’ve gotten with them.

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