first public walk at Pasir Ris mangroves and we are delighted to have a lovely group of visitors who made so many special sightings!
Before the pitta was spotted, we came across Peter, a friendly photographer, who showed us the fabulous shots he took earlier of the bird.
galloping blue-winged pitta @ pasir ris - Feb2012 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.
According to the Bird Ecology Study Group blog, "The Mangrove Pitta (Pitta megarhyncha) is the only resident pitta species in Singapore. It is listed as critically endangered nationally and considered globally near-threatened. An elusive bird, it is normally confined to the offshore islands of Pulau Ubin and Pulau Tekong. This species is very rarely sighted on main land Singapore."
Before the excitement over the bird, we were already have fun spotting all kinds of animals among the mud lobster mounds in the back mangroves. Here's Ley Kun and Pei Yan sharing more about them.
Tree climbing crabs! Some have colourful pincers!
Giant mudskippers. Some have clearly been renovating their swimming pools.
Red tent spider.
Malayan water monitor tucked up in a tree. It looks like it has a very full belly!
jellyfishes in the water! As well as some halfbeaks. But alas, we didn't see any watersnakes today as the tide was outgoing and too low in the mangroves.
why Pasir Ris mangroves are special, and how it might be impacted by upcoming developments.
The Naked Hermit Crabs plan to offer these free public evening walks at Pasir Ris more regularly. Do visit the Naked Hermit Crabs blog for more updates.