Another great day at Chek Jawa with kids and families on the Naked Hermit Crabs' monthly free guided tour of the boardwalk!
Before we even began our tour, we met the new friendly security officer at the Chek Jawa Info Kiosk. Ishak Khan had gathered some fallen durians and was sharing it with everyone. Alas, one of them was eaten by bugs and the other wasn't very ripe yet.
Jejawi fig tree is 'figging' (see here why we don't say it is fruiting). But perhaps the figs are not quite ripe yet as we didn't see too many animals in the tree. When the figs are ripe, we can enjoy a spectacle of birds, including hornbills, squirrels, monkeys feasting on the figs, and even wild boar hunting below the tree.
Giant mudskipper which was sitting very still right infront of us but so well camouflaged that we all missed it!
Blue-spotted mudskippers today! The Chek Jawa boardwalk is the place for the easiest glimpse of these fishes which I don't often see.
colourful little fiddler crabs!
Tree-climbing crabs everywhere. Many were large but hard to spot until they moved. The families are very observant and were already asking about the strange mud volcanoes very early on. So we had a good look at the elusive mud lobster which creates these mounds, when we got the sign with a photo of it.
Weaver ants. They bind leaves together to form a snug home. To glue the leaves together, they use the silk that is produced by their larvae. Here's a photo of an adult ant carrying a baby 'glue-gun'!
Porcelain fiddler crabs! I have no idea why they have clustered so closely together.
'dancing' mudskippers. Although I didn't manage to photograph one leaping in action.
Malayan water monitor walking across the seagrass meadow. I only noticed that it was carrying something (probably a fish) in its mouth after I got home to process the photo!
Mud crab (nine spines on the body shell) which should normally be found in the mangroves. But we have been finding them on Chek Jawa's seagrass meadows, I even saw them mating there last week. Were these crabs released as part of 'animal liberation'?
herons hunting out near the water line. Will we be lucky enough to see them catch a fish?
horseshoe crab on the seagrass meadows! It doesn't look like a dead one, probably a moult.
Wild boar trotted out of the forest toward the Info Kiosk! It looks like Mama wild boar and her kids.
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