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I was at the Jurong Bird Park with two photography buddies, and one of them remarked that this bird looked very ugly.
True. But I took one shot just for the heck of it. I got home and edited my pictures, and decided to turn some of the colorful flamingos and parrots to b/w just to see how they looked.
Then I remembered this Ugly Fella. I cropped away some distracting leaves on the left to create a square image, transformed it to black and white, increased the contrast and…
Lo and behold! This turned out to be my best image out of more than a hundred photos taken during that outing.
He looks kinda evil, doesn’t he? Or maybe it’s a she?
There is a spirital lesson in this whole episode. It can be found in the Biblical quote: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
Now to find a theme to submit this to... Perhaps JPG can start an "evil" theme or an "ugly" theme.
Jurong Bird Park, Singapore. July 2008
UPDATE: 5 August 2008
I went back to the Jurong Birdpark to see if I can capture more evil-looking images of this bird, but without success.
Meanwhile, I found out it is called a Shoebill, is related to the stork family and it comes from east Africa.
I also noticed that the Jurong Bird Park features this fella, in a friendlier pose, in its advertisements on the back of public buses. LOL!
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