Berlayar Creek mangroves. I heard the trip is 7.5kms long! I was worried I wouldn't make it there, not to mention back. But I really wanted to see the mangroves!
Huey gives a very reassuring briefing. It's only 2km to the start of the mangroves, he says. We can get there in 15 minutes and spend most of the time exploring the 3km of waterways there. Sounds doable, I try to encourage myself.
|We gather at the break of dawn!|
|In just this short stretch there are also |
Ximenia, Ceriops, Xylocarpus species.
|It's amazing to see so many different kinds of mangroves|
without even getting my booties muddy!
|I wonder whether these yellow flowers must grow tall enough |
to get above the highest tide line before they bloom?
|Knee roots, prop roots and buttress roots!|
Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator) clinging onto a tree branch right over our heads! Thanks Moira!
mud lobster mounds! Tree climbing crabs (Episesarma sp.) were everywhere. But too fast for me to photograph.
Mangrove wax flowers (Hoya sp.) that drape the tunnels. Unfortunately they were not blooming, otherwise it would have been super marvellous! Other pretty climbers seen included Jeruju (Acanthus sp.), Common derris (Derris trifoliata) and Wild jasmine (Clerodendron inerme).
|The Drongo has strange tail feathers!|