Yay!! It’s my 10th trip to a park or nature reserve since starting this blog! I wanted this post to be special, filled with interesting experiences of wildlife and nature. Sungei Buloh, the wetland reserve was the perfect place! We managed to spot so much wildlife, starting from the entrance!
First, we saw a Changeable lizard (Calotes versicolor) on a tree:
And second, water monitor lizards (Varanus salvator) One was swimming in the pond and the other was sunbathing in the hot sun!
There was also a White-breasted water hen in the pond. After buying some refreshing drinks for the trip, we started the boardwalk into Sungei Buloh. Near the bridge there was also another monitor lizard walking to the bushes.
There were many warning signs around the park for crocodiles. We kept our eyes open for these majestic reptiles but failed to see them. We are planning to go another time early morning to catch more birds and maybe even see a crocodile! The species in Singapore is the Estuarine Crocodile.
Throughout the park we saw many schools of fish jumping in and out of the water After researching I found out these fish are called mullet and they jump out of the water to avoid predators and to fill their breathing organs with air to remain active in low oxygen concentration water. ( Source- http://australianmuseum.net.au/Why-do-mullet-leap/)
In the trail, we saw a nest made of mud with holes. What do you think it belongs to? Termites or ants?
There were many hideouts around the park which allowed us to see some exhilarating views. From one tower, we saw a beautiful kingfisher fly to and from the trees on top of the river. Sadly I could not catch it on camera! The tall lookout point allowed us to see many Little Herons and more mullets jumping!
There was also a little pond on the trail where we saw many dragonflies buzzing around.
We continued the path to the mangroves. From the boardwalk, we spotted several crabs- including the tree climbing crabs!
We also spotted a black and yellow garden spider (below) with a huge web extending from one tree to another on either sides of the boardwalk.
We thought our adventure was over as we finished the Mangrove boardwalk and made our way to the entrance when my father heard a sudden rustle in the bushes and shouted to us as we were behind. We ran to see a long snake hiss and slither quickly into the bushes! It was my first time seeing a snake in the wild and up so close! Again, I wasn’t fast enough to catch it on camera but after researching we found out the species was the sunbeam snake. This is how it looks:
With that we ended our trip to Sungei Buloh. While waiting on the main road for a bus, we spotted a Green Crested Lizard. It was beautiful with its lime green colors and red eyes which moved around curiously.
Sungei Buloh is one of the best nature reserves in Singapore. It shows us the little nature and wildlife Singapore has managed to protect. It is full of migratory birds, rare animals and reptiles such as the crocodile. It is also rich in flora and the mangroves are also an endangered species. Together, let us protect Sungei Buloh for future generations and for flora and fauna to thrive.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing and compiling it! This being my 10th post, I’d like to say I’ve had a new experience all together writing this blog, and I hope to continue exploring Singapore’s parks and nature reserves. Thank you so much for reading!