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June 21, 2005
From journal Beautiful Niagara Falls
May 28, 2004
After buying your tickets, you go up an escalator to the first area. You are greeted at the entrance and given a large colour sheet with pictures of all the birds, so you can identify them as you go. This area has a large caged area with lots of birds, both in the trees and on the ground. The mesh is quite a distraction, especially when trying to take photos, but the birds are quite beautiful. When we were there, there were lots of birds nesting, so lots of twig collecting going on, you could see lots of nests stuck in strangest of places. As you leave this area you enter the nocturnal area where they have some owls, frogs (I know these are not birds!) and lots of bats (birdlike). It is very dark in here, so not ideal for photo or video.
The next section is the actual aviary, which is a large multi-level room with free flying birds. As we entered we were greeted by two amorous doves who were trying to mate on the door handle, one was carrying a twig ready for nest building (see photo). There is a separate cage to your left with hummingbirds inside which are quite beautiful. You just wander around this area at your leisure; again there is an info sheet for identification purposes. We saw all sorts of birds including parrots, toucans, ducks, hornbills, doves and many whose names now escape me. You really have to keep your eye open as there are birds everywhere, you will also see nests if you look closely. They have a lovely waterfall in the centre and lots of landing spots around the place; it is beautifully landscaped. There are feeding pots dotted about and we found it good to watch these, as this is where the birds tend to go, idea for a photo, the toucans seemed to pose for us! I had two birds nearly land on me on two occasions, and they weren’t small!
Another separate area within the main aviary was the lorikeet area. They open this every so often so you can buy a pot of food and go into the cage. Be warned though, the birds will land on you, sometimes lots of them at once, it is good fun though.
There is a small café in the aviary, so you can get a drink or snack whilst watching the birds out of the windows. There are restrooms here too. You exit the aviary via the gift shop, from where you can buy everything from t-shirts to model birds and everything in between.
Well worth a visit, if like us you are bird lovers.
From journal Splendor of Niagara Falls