its my first trip there after i bought my new binoculars. and this sudden surge of impatience made me decide that if i couldnt find like-minded ppl to join me to go and do something i enjoy, i might as well do it myself.. so, i decided, i’ll go bird watching. afterall, with a car, i could get to such ‘ulu’ places quite easily right.
but it ended up that i was watching more water monitor lizards and spiders than shore birds! for a start, here’s one basking in the sun with its turtle friends…
and so i set of, after the short CNY celebrations in sch. changed out into the proper gear and went right to sungei buloh, proudly hanging my new pair of bins.
i walked and walked and i saw my first groupie of waders at one of the observation points.
and the more i saw those birds at such close range, the more i smiled to myself. im amazed at the tranquility i feel when im just watching these birds clean themselves or find their food or just basically sit there and wait for the sun to set.
and the fact that i was alone (and that it was 12 plus in the afternoon when almost the rest of Singapore were at still at work) and without the annoying noises from students on fieldtrip, i actually saw SOOOOOOO many water monitor lizards. more than ive ever seem before in all my years of trip to sungei buloh!
at one point, there were 3 WMLs obstructing my path and i just stood there wondering what i was supposed to do. making noises on the ground didnt scare them away. kinda attracted them towards me instead. i stuck out both my hands attempting to look big (and hence more dangerous than the WML), but that didnt work either.
so i turned back and went the other direction instead. lucky some strangers were also heading the same way as me. and i just walked behind them… hehe… i eventually made friends with the family from china!
see the similarity?
nahhhhhh…….. they are very different! crocs and WMLs are different! many have told me that they have seen this estuarine croc just slightly out of the water, but ive never seen in all these years..
anyway, apart of the numerous WMLs, i also saw so many spiders.
im DYING to find out the name of this spider…. ive seen it so many times, i think i can recognise it from a million miles away! and yet i dont know its name!
at one point, there were 3 spiders on their own webs. they were huge. i stopped and stared at the spiders for a while and i swear i felt them crawling up my legs! i shuddered and shook my legs and figured staring at the spideys wasnt such a good idea.
many squirrels were pairing up and running after each others. really like primary school kids. jumping from tree to tree. touching each other and running away! lol..
grasshoppers of different shapes and sizes..
beautiful isnt is…
love the colour in this caterpillar. and it does appear to me like a tussock moth caterpillar.
quite a bit of litter was seen at the shore banks…
and the enterance to one of the many mub lobster mounds in SBWR…
here are more shots at different observation points…
i would love to identify them, but i have no idea whether they are sandpipers or plovers. either way, isnt it col that they all face the same direction! talk abt united!
times when you wish you had a DSLR at hand and KNEW HOW TO OPERATE ONE! flight of birds is just one more marvel in nature. and its amazing how both species are banking at the same spot but when the whimbrels fly off, the egrets mind their own business!
on my way back, we say a few more monitor lizards. this one was lazing under the sun and didnt seem to want to move even as i approached it. so, why not take a shot anyway right…
cant get my eyes of this pic. its a marvellous shot at the beauty of this animal. ive never seen a WML at such close range! one more step and a hand stretch, i’d have been able to touch this creature……… of course, i didnt dare. just look at the size of its nails! im a new fan of WML’s posing abilities.
in the end, SBWR turned out to be an escape, at least for the few hours i spent there. i didnt cover the entire reserve and didnt go on the mangrove broadwalk either because i didnt have enough time. i was expecting a friend home and needed to go back…….. well, its just 15 min away from my work place, and i can still go there whenever i want… 🙂
remember, “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs”