Walsrode Bird Park
On Lüneburg Heath, about 100 km south towards Hannover. http://www.weltvogelpark.de/en/
We were there many years ago and remembered the extraordinary birds. Now it is even better.
Good shows, only in German, but you do not need to understand the language to appreciate the
two outdoor performances (flugshow). The morning and afternoon shows are different, so see both.
The bridge over the road to the entrance from the parking lot.
Map of the park. It is a 24 hectare garden with areas for different kinds of birds. Tropical birds live
in temperature and humidity controlled houses. Some houses have cages, in others birds fly free.
Some birds like flamingos and pelicans are in open areas. Storks breed in the park and some migrate.
There are several restaurants, and visitors are welcome to bring picnics. The facilities are excellent.
A real tree house. One of many play areas for children and nimble adults.
Slides for children and very slender adults.
There are lots of information signs, some translated into English.
The gift shop is the main entrance and exit to the park.
Inside a bird house.
Red sided Electus Parrot from New Guinea
Inside the warm, humid rainforest house.
Feeding station in the rainforest house.
Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock, northern South America
One of several colonies of flamingos.
Watching a pelican come in for landing at the outdoor show.
A secretary bird naturally stomps on snakes, and is happy to play with a toy.
Rewarding an Andean condor for his performance.
Sending off an owl.
There were two or three trainers helping the presenter. The presenter said that
backstage was always dramatic during shows, trying to herd the performers.
A couple of the stars (Scarlet Ibis) would rather watch the next act than return to their box.
The finale of each show was an aerial fly pass with many kinds of birds. Here are grey crowned cranes and a blue macaw in the air.
Some of the characters we saw, the parrots who were sitting on the large sunflower.
Blue Hyacinth Macaw
This young owl is only three months old and got special care
Single-wattled Cassowary, New Guinea
It was one of the hottest days of the year, and this ostrich was feeling the heat.
As was this marabou stork.
Cooling off with the penguins.
Blyth’s Hornbill, New Guinea
Javan Rhinoceros Hornbill, Malaysia and Indonesia
Shoebilled bird, East Africa
King Vulture, Central and South America
Stellers Sea-eagle, Northeast Asia