Sunday, July 1, 2007

Beautiful Sungei Buloh

This is the recee for our 2nd field trip to another nature reserve, Sungei Buloh wetlands. This time we were told that we had to plan our route beforehand, which makes it even more impt for this trip. Why is our group so stringent? =.= (grumbles~)

Anyway it turns out to be a rather nice trip (with Shun De as our guide this time), with lotsa photo taking opportunities. We started off at the main bridge while waiting for the rest to arrive. Shun De was lucky to spot some smooth otters at there. He told us it was quite a rare sight to see them. Sux, I think I just missed them like a minute back.


There were many archer fishes right at the bottom of the bridge. They are well known for their ability to spit out a strong jet of water (2-3m) to hit their prey down the water. This is done by forcefully snapping shut their gills and with their tongue and mouth forming a tube. However, aside this ability, they actually preferred to leap up out of the water to catch their prey. They can jump quite high, up to 30cm!


There are 2 closely resembling fishes here, the halfbeaks and the needlefish. Shun De told us how to differentiate them, this species of halfbeaks has a yellow snout tip and swim together in schools while the needlefish is much larger and usually solitary. The reason for their name "halfbeak" is due to their upper jaw is much shorter then the lower jaw. There is no difference in their jaw size of the needlefish. Shun deng shared with me that they are actually kinda related, with the needlefish juvenile having a halfbeak stage.

Little Heron

Herons and egrets have long necks and bills that are used to deliver a powerful thrust at unsuspecting prey. Yes, even for the little heron has an amazing long neck for its size, just that it is coiled up at rest. Btw nice picture hor? Haha, one of my first few shots at a bird just a long zoom of my new camera.

Just above us, were many swifts gliding effortlessly in the sky, catching and eating on flying insects. An unrelated but having similar feeding method is the swallow, and they can be differentiated with the swifts having fan shaped tails and swallows of a V-shaped forked tail.

The sea hibiscus is actually closely related to our land hibiscus, both of the same genus. They secrete sugary fluid through their leaves and this normally attract weaver ants to nestle there and protect the plant. The beautiful cotton stainer bugs also like to come to this plant to feed on its seeds.

Possibly a tree climbing or vingear crab. Why vinegar? Becos it was said that people like to add black sauce and vinegar to the crab and take it with porridge.

Sea holly infloresence. The sea holly is used by the traditional malays to ward off Pontianak, a female vampire that preys on pregnant woman and their fetus.

Possibly a malayan tree frog as suggested by Robert. It has suction toes to help it attach to leaves. Robert said that he had never seen this frog before here, which is rather interesting. Perhaps it was here all along just that no one has spotted it before?

The largest mudskipper in the world! The Giant mudskipper is something Singaporeans can be proud of, not some weird UFO or durian building at city hall ><

A bug on the Singapore Rhododendron. The young shoots are used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure diarrhea, the famous bao ji wan.

Blue grassy tiger, one of the easiest butterflies to photograph as the butterfly enthusiast July told me. I guess its becos it kept opening its wings? (FYI, butterflies close their wings at rest)

Sorry, actually got more stuff was intending but was too tired and sian by now. Sorry ar for my fanz, will cover the rest when I come to this nice place again. hehe.... Lastly, Thanx Shun deng, ur an excellent guide!

Will be going back army this thurs and straight after that to Tioman for my field trip! No updates for 2 weeks till I'm back, cya!


tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Hey! Nice photos! I could never get a good photo of a giant mudskipper. Not enuff zoom. So what's the new camera u just got?

juanhui said...

Jie Jie,
Seems like your new cammie works brilliantly!! Guess I won't seeya til you get back from Tioman. Do take care of yourself, k?

DreamerJuly said...


According to what i read, the Dark Glassy Tiger is distasteful to predators due to the 'things' they eat during their caterpillar stage. So it adapts a slow and unhurried flight.

The Blue Glassy Tiger, looking a lot like the Dark Glassy Tiger, might fool predators that they are Dark Glassy Tigers, or maybe even during their caterpillar stage, they eat about the same 'things' as the Dark Glassy Tiger (not sure on this).

So these are the most likely reasons why the Blue Glassy Tiger is one of the butterflies to be most easily caught on photos.

Siyang said...

mm...actually the mudskipper pict I took was rather blur ;p My camera nw is canon S5 =)

Heyz Juan! your back so soon? looking for to ur photos of ur trip!

And lastly July, thanx for the information! Hopefully can come to gd use during tml's guiding!

~*wLin*~ said...

hey siyang..the photos are very well taken!! nice colour and the zoom is gd!! your new canon camera got how many times zoom?

Siyang said...

Thats a x12 zoom =) thanx for the compliment.

Anonymous said...

ur photos sux lah dont act lame lah noob ass blog

ShaoWei said...

was browsing through "nature blogs" and i happened to dropped by yours. very interesting posts and pictures you have! anyways just wanted to ID that frog. that it's a Four Lined Tree Frog. just that it's fainted it's colour probably to blend in or is stressed out.

Siyang said...

thanks :)

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