I’ve walked past the aviary in Hong Kong Park for years without ever poking my head inside. I thought I could see it just fine from the outside, plus with the periodic threat of avian-flu I’ve never been too excited to check out the birds up close. Last week while walking around with some friends I finally had the opportunity to explore the place. Even if you’re not a bird lover, the aviary has a certain kind of Jurassic Park cool!
Walking through a curtain of dangling plastic chains, the entrance has a maximum security vibe to it. This must be used to thwart any final attempts at freedom should a bird happen to fly into the holding area. As you emerge from the entranceway you are on a walkway built out of sturdy wooden planks high above the ground.[photopress:Hong_Kong_Aviary_birds_HK.jpg,full,pp_image]
The smartly conceived aviary lets the visitors see eye to eye with the fine-feathered inhabitants.[photopress:Bird_tree_Hong_aviary_HK.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:bird_Hong_Kong_aviary.jpg,full,pp_image]
With many of the birds at home in the top of the tree canopy, visitors have a rare chance to see them up close in a natural setting. The aviary is built as if it were descending into a valley.
There are several perfect perches, and many of the birds were up for putting on a show.[photopress:bird_Hong_Kong_Park_aviary.jpg,full,pp_image]
The wooden gangway zig-zags through the trees allowing multiple viewing angles. Far below are several small streams and water sources which provide a natural habitat for water fowl.[photopress:water_fowl_aviary_Hong_Kong.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Hong_Kong_park_aviary_HK.jpg,full,pp_image]
The colors of the birds ranged from camouflaged to vibrant standouts against the foliage.[photopress:Blue_Bird_Hong_Kong_aviary.jpg,full,pp_image]
As the walk proceeds downhill, it’s a relatively fast one-shot descent. The aviary is a perfect side-attraction while exploring the rest of the man-made wonders of Hong Kong Park. Plus it’s free.