Friday, March 25, 2005

Sg Buloh Wetland Reserve

Was at the Sungai Buloh Nature Reserve (Sg Buloh means Bamboo River in Malay) on the 26/2/05 with my girlfriend.

It was a lovely day (not too hot) and because it was a Sat, the bus does not go all the way in to the nature reserve, but stops outside at the Kranji Reservoir. So we took a nice stroll along the Kranji Nature Trail that ends at entrance of the Buloh Wetland and when we step into the visitor's /info counter , we were greeted with the lovely sight of an iguana sun bathing (yup iguana -not monitor lizard ok). We saw it thru a spotting scope of a Sg. Buloh volunteer at the cafe beside the pond. The iguana was huge !!!-i think about 2-3 foot long.

The bridge leading to the reserve was going thru maintenance so did not linger there for long but went straight into the reserve proper with healthy mangrove trees everywhere.

we managed to see many birds (the natives and also migratory ones on their way home). It was sight to behold and some of the positive id's include
  • 3 Stork-billed Kingfisher (one of the largest kingfishers here)
  • 1 Great Egrets
  • 10-12 Little Egrets
  • Pink Necked Pigeon
  • 1 Yellow Bittern
  • Little Heron
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle (with some feathers on wing missing)
  • 1 Grey Heron
  • Copper /Purple throated sunbird (not sure)

Shorebirds /waders (migratory birds) that i saw and could positively id

  • pacific golden plower
  • common redshank
  • common greenshank
  • terek sandpiper ( ? not sure if 100% correct)
  • marsh sandpiper
  • Whimbrels (lots of them)

While passing the rivers,we saw fishes jumping out the water !! wonder why they do that !! Overall a lovely day indeed.. On the way back, saw a bat hidden behind some shrubs, upside down with face covered by its wings..(just like Dracula)..hahah

Finally got to post up the photos i took. Share some of them with you including the snake we saw (don;t know what snake lah).

1 comment:

Sivasothi said...

Sometimes small fish jump out of water when they are being pursued by a predator, usually a bigger fish. When they leap out of water, they go faster and a few quick jumps gets them away much faster than by just swimming through the water column. Reminds me there's a whole lot happening in the water that we are not observing!