Hey there! Today, I went with Nature Society Singapore (NSS) for bird watching at Kranji Marshes. We met at the Kranji Reservoir Car Park, took a bus, and reached Kranji Marshes, not far from the Kranji Resort. The three guides (Gerard, Ee-Ling and Jimmy) introduced themselves, and then we started our walk. The guided walk was simply incredible, and by the end of it , I had learnt so many new bird and plant species! We spotted two nests that were hanging from the branches, and learnt that they were of the Baya Weaver. Its nest is so unique and extraordinary, but we do not know for sure why they build their nests in this way. According to what Gerard told us, the weaver builds it hanging to prevent large predators like the water monitor lizard or even snakes from eating their babies. Another interesting fact is that they like to build their nests near the hornet’s nest for protection! The Baya weaver takes about 18 days to build its nest, with almost 500 trips to gather sticks, grass and leaves.
I wish I could have taken close-up pictures of birds, but my camera doesn’t have the distance lens. So I’ve borrowed pictures of birds from Wikipedia. The rest of the pictures are what I’ve taken.
Next, we saw the long-tailed parakeet, a magnificent red, green and black bird- with a long, blue tail, which followed us throughout the walk.
This was our group, watching the Pink-necked green pigeon.
The beautiful view 🙂
The lush landscape with tall trees, vines and creepers.
Finally, we reach the Marsh Land. Gerard, our guide told us to look out for the Purple Moorhen. We were unable to spot any because they are very rare and shy, but the stream was beautiful with its reflection of the clouds and sky. There were many butterflies, dragonflies and water striders.
We also spotted some weird, pink snail eggs, that we thought were flowers!
I learnt something important today from Ee Ling, one of our guides. She was so sharp and attentive to different bird calls. I really hope to learn the skill too. Some of the birds we saw include:
The Common Iora
Changeable Hawk Eagle
White-breasted laughing thrush
The guides soon led us to a restricted area of the park, called the Kranji Bund. There were signs all over saying ” CAUTION: CROCODILE SPOTTED”. We crossed our fingers, and hoped we would see a few of the Estuarine Crocodiles that were spotted there before. We didn’t see them-but instead saw the Purple Heron, Little Tern, the Common Sand Piper and the Changeable Hawk Eagle.
Estuarine Crocodile ( spotted at sungei buloh, kranji resevoir, and many other reserves and estuaries)
Common Sand Piper
With that, we ended our Bird watching tour. It was super fun, exciting and fact- filled. I made new friends, and learnt so much about Singapore’s bird species and their behavior. As I boarded the bus back to the car park, I looked at the lush greenery and thought to myself, that these beautiful birds that play a vital role in the ecosystem, need large wild areas, that we, so mercilessly cut for ourselves. We must- somehow, put and end to this, or at least reduce the amount we destroy. If we all do our part, by reducing our consumption- we can get there.
*Photos by Lavanya Prakash, except if mentioned otherwise*
Your tree hugger,
Lavanya Prakash, mynatureexperiences(at)hotmail.com
I have corrected the following, as suggested by Gerard ( our guide)
– The Pink- Necked Green Pigeon
-The Common Flameback
– Common Iora