Thank goodness I was paired up with Sharon, because as usual, I'm terrible at spotting things. Even enormous things like monitor lizards. We were assigned the area of the mangrove boardwalk and Visitor Centre.
The tide was super high today! The water nearly reached the boardwalk! I heard that the water sloshed over the boardwalk a few days ago. Wow!
|A lovely view of mangroves at high tide!|
|Younger mangrove trees are submerged|
in this super high tide day.
|Even elsewhere, this plant is considered uncommon.|
|Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve and nearby Kranji Nature Trail|
has many of this interesting mangrove plant.
Malayan water monitors (Varanus salvator).
Smooth otters (Lutrogale perspicillata) having an afternoon snooze at their favourite rub-and-lay area near the Visitor Centre. Until Sharon points them out.
Berembang (Sonneratia caseolaris) at the entrance is blooming and fruiting! This tree is listed as Critically Endangered.
Ivan just did a great series of articles about Singapore's monitor lizards for the Celebrating Singapore's Biodiversity blog. Check out his posts to learn everything you wanted to (and didn't want to) know about these amazing reptiles.
- Magnificent Monitors
- Busting Myths about Monitors
- More on Monitors
- Monitors of Singapore: Who's the Rarest of Them All?
If you would like to volunteer at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, drop by their website for more information. There is an online form to sign up as well as more contact information.