Advertised as "The Worlds Largest Free-flight Walk In Aviary", the KL Bird Park is a family day-out with colourful birds, not a bird watchers event, and a daggy one at that.
Yellow-billed Stork - one of many at the KL Bird Park
The KL Bird Park probably needs a couple of millions spent on it. The Park is tired, run down, and although it is advertised as a free-flight park many of the birds are in ancient cages that don't reflect modern zoological display methods or animal welfare. Bird species are generally poorly or incorrectly labelled and some of the bloodlines debatable. I saw what was called an Eastern Rosella which had been bred with a Crimson Rosella... good for shooting down species concept arguments, but don't start me.
Feeding frenzy with storks, herons and even a pelican from barrow load of fish...
The Eagle Feeding was a cage of Brahminy Kites... it was actually quite fascinating to watch. The keeper entered the cage with a small bucket of meat strips, that he held up on the tips of his fingers bit by bit. The kites swooped down and neatly plucked the tit-bits as they zoomed past without touching or hurting the keepers fingers. It was a great display of how a bird of prey, and one that I see every day when I'm in Karratha, can use its talons which such accuracy and finesse.
I'm a great supporter of the concept of zoo's for it's educational and species safety point of view and to be fair they do have some educational displays for the kids but overall this park is an entertainment for the great unwashed and is greatly in need of modernisation in it's facilities and its methods of modern animal care.