Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is one of our favourite hangouts. The mangroves remind me of my childhood home which incidentally, was located along the tributary just a few kilometres upstream.

I brought SK and his friend there last weekend. Thankfully the weather was cool and pleasant in the morning. It can get really humid and muggy in the reserve.

Here are some photos captured using my mobile phone. I'm quite impressed with the picture quality.

The tide was low that morning.

See the buildings in the background? That's Johor, Malaysia.


The boardwalk leading to the reserve.

Trees in the mangroves are able to grow in anaerobic, high salinity, waterlogged mud.

The reserve is home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals. Birdwatchers flock there to catch a glimpse of seabirds and shorebirds. We weren't too surprised to hear wings flapping just above our heads. It could be an eagle or egret.

When we realised it was a hornbill, we were so excited. We've seen the elusive otters here before but the hornbill sighting was a first for us.

It sat on the branches just metres away, preening its feathers for a long time while we watched, fascinated and awe-struck. SK managed to capture some photos using a proper camera.


Besides a large number of birds, we saw many huge monitor lizards.



A heavily bloated one. Might have just eaten a chicken or bird.

This lizard had some duckweed on its back.

Plenty of mudskippers here.

A large grasshopper.

The spider with 3 missing legs.

Tiny mangrove crab.

Flies resting beneath leaves.

10 comments:

waterlearner said...

wow, the spider with three missing legs really teaches a lesson of perseverance in life huh.

A weekend close to nature sounds good to me!

Cindy said...

how to get direction to this place?

Blur Ting said...

Hi Cindy
You can find driving and bus directions here
http://www.sbwr.org.sg/visitorinfo/gettingthere/drivingdirections/

Malar said...

Superb scenes! Very nice place to spent weekend!
Are those comondo dragon? So huge!

Blur Ting said...

Malar - These are the smaller lizards compared to komodo dragon. Still, they can grow very big!

Journey of My Gardening said...

Nice. But too far for me to visit since I am in Selangor. My kids and I love nature :-)

petunialee said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely pics!! I love that little crabbie.

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