Hantu Bloggers at the walk. Thanks to the sharp-eyed visitors, we saw mudskippers, monitor lizards, fishes, spiders and more!
Just as we started the walk, we saw a small Malayan water monitor lizard in the stream! We saw another slightly bigger one later on.
Giant mudskipper that was so well camouflaged that I didn't see him beforehand! Is the mudskipper a frog, a lizard or a fish? An amazing creature of the mudflats indeed! There were many other tinier mudskippers along the way. There are many interesting mangrove trees here too.
Golden orb web spiders. These are the spiders that produce strong webs, studied for various applications like bullet-proof vests. None of the ladies had a boyfriend yet. We also saw a St. Andrew's Cross spider and another kind of spider, as well as a leaf hopper.
Plantain squirrel, a Changeable lizard to little bugs. On the other side of the path is a grassy area where Debby spotted a Kestrel and a Chinese pond heron.
Weaver ants, who employ child labour to create their marvelous homes out of living leaves. We wonder how they know to fold and 'glue' leaves that are so much larger than themselves without blueprints?
halfbeaks (chopstick-shaped fishes) in the stream, as well as some Archerfishes and mullets too! It's kind of a pity that the tide was low so there wasn't much water. Otherwise, we might have seen more fishes! Alas, we didn't see any crabs at all. And it was a little too early for snakes which tend to be more active at night.
DIY walking trail guide that you can download (pdf) to explore the Creek on your own. The trail can be combined with a walk all around the Southern Ridges too! I didn't get to take many photos as I was babbling too much as usual. Here's a photo by Debby of us at the end of the trip.
|Photo by Debby Ng|
|Photo by Debby Ng|
We ended at sunset and moonrise, over the stunning skyline with the heritage house on Bukit Cermin. On the way back, Debby spots bats starting to feed on the mangrove flowers and fruits. Bats are important pollinators of our favourite fruits such as durians. And it is flowering mangroves that support populations of these important animals!
next talk is tomorrow!). And to Vanessa for the delicious cookies!
Looking forward to meeting everyone again on our walks, perhaps at the Naked Hermit Crab's monthly free guided walks at Chek Jawa? Or join Debby to dive with the Hantu Bloggers! Lots of other nature happenings are listed on wildsingapore!