Sungei Buloh Trip

It was pretty cool. I’m a (wannabe) wildlife photographer, so I’m fairly used to walking around our parks and reserves, spotting and taking photographs of (or atleast, trying to) our native fauna. I’d hardly ever been to SBWR though, despite it being the best place to go birding in Singapore. It’s pretty remote and I’m not a fan of shorebirds – they all look the same to me.

However, I got to see some pretty interesting and new fauna species during my time there. Before even entering the reserve Jason and I saw a White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) hanging out in a huge tree in the distance. It was pretty close to a huge nest, but unfortunately we didn’t see any juveniles (yet!). There was also a whole bunch of male Changeable Lizards (Calotes versicolor), sporting their iconic red colors and just hanging around, basking on trees.

I was pretty intrigued by these rocks. I always thought these were just the way our coastlines were. However, it turns out that our coastlines were really quite damaged due to human activity and these were just a solution to help rehabilitate the shores. The seedlings growing are new plants that have germinated in the crevices. It’s a good sign that the mangroves and our shores are slowly but surely recovering.

There was plenty of vertebrate life around the reserve that day (Malay Water Monitors, House Crows harassing a pair of WBSEs, plenty of Ardeids and plovers, a Common Sandpiper, and an Asian Brown Flycatcher), but most were too far for my potato camera to capture. Invertebrate life though, was everywhere. Honestly that was my highlight haha.

Plenty of these Batik Golden Web Spiders (Nephila antipodiana) could be found chilling right along the boardwalk. Learned that they were the predominant orbweaver species in the mangroves, and that the larger Golden Orbweavers (Nephila philipes), which was what I initially thought they were, were more commonly found in park and forest habitat.

Another invertebrate highlight was definitely this guy! Valanga nigricornis, the Javanese Grasshopper, was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was humongous, and it was just casually sitting on a leaf. The leaf right below it had a pretty juicy looking Blue Nawab caterpillar (Polyura schreiber), too.

I learnt quite a bit and saw a lot more than I thought I would. It was nice learning about our local heritage with regards to nature, and I look forward to learning more in the future.

One thought on “Sungei Buloh Trip

  1. Shorebirds do look very similar from afar, maybe this guide will help with telling them apart!:

    It’s also great that you took notice of many insects and arachnids during this trip. While larger animals like the crocodiles are exciting (and easier) to see, Sungei Buloh also has a variety of tiny creatures which are just as fascinating. 🙂


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