Sunday, July 21, 2013

~ Mangrove Walk @ Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve ~

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve (双溪布洛湿地保护区) is a favourite spot for birdwatchers. The wetland was designated as a nature park in 1989 after a group of avid birdwatchers from the Malayan Nature Society wrote a proposal to the government for conservation. It was officially opened on 6th December 1993 by Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong.

After our mangrove adventures at Pasir Ris and Chek Jawa, we are equally excited to observe the wildlife at Sungei Buloh. There are a couple of walking routes visitors can choose to take and we decided to go for the Mangrove Broadwalk today.

Walking routes:
Mangrove Broadwalk (500m) : 30 minutes walk
Route 1 (3km) : 1-2 hours walk
Route 2 (5km) : 2-3 hours walk
Route 3 (7km) : 4-5 hours walk

Remember to grab a map at the Information Counter

Mangrove Broadwalk - the 500 meters walkway was made of heavy hardwood - Balau and great care was taken to ensure the wildlife and surrounding trees are conserved during its construction.
Map of the Mangrove Broadwalk

It is not the first time our kiddos are taking a walk within the mangrove and they pretty much know what to look out for already. Many times, they are the ones who are spotting the crabs and mudskippers.
Loving the nature surrounding and lustful greenery.

We spotted a lot of crabs at Sungei Buloh! A lot more compared to our visit at Pasir Ris and Chek Jawa. It must be our lucky day. :)

Our Crab Findings - some are in the waters, some are in the mud and some are on the trunk. We even spotted a few having their breakfast!
The bigger crab saying Hello to the smaller one.

This crab was found dragging the green plant. Looks like it is enjoying its food.

Crawling out from its home for a morning walk.

Apart from crabs, another common friend that we would normally see is the mudskippers. We also spotted a couple here and the main difference is they are much bigger in size!

Giant Mudskippers - This is the largest mudskipper that can be found in Singapore's mangroves. Interestingly, it is carnivorous, feeding on small crabs, worms, insects, snails and even their own kind - the smaller mudskippers!

It was a beautiful morning walk at Sungei Buloh and we plan to be back soon to cover the other walking routes. Hopefully instead of crabs and mudskippers, we will be lucky enough to take some photos of the birds in action. ^_^ 


pc said...

Always pass by the sign when I on BKE. Been wanting to go there! Maybe during the Raya holiday;)!

Thanks for sharing.

Phoebe said...

Yes. You will notice that big signboard. :)

We are planning to explore Sungei Buloh and the Kranji farm areas. Stay tune ^_^

thedeadcockroach said...

Is it safe to go alone? Will it be too lonely?

Phoebe said...

Usually families and group of friends go together to observe the wildlife. :) There are many photographers who go there for bird watching too. ^_^

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