How nice to be greeted by Young mama pig and her piglets when we arrive at Chek Jawa! They've grown so much since I last saw them in March. Grandma pig even showed up too.
Naked Hermit Crabs are glad to be able to share Chek Jawa with some special friends of NParks.
Here we are leaving Changi. Along the way, Ivan shared about the terns that nest at Squance Rock on Changi and we had a look at the tall Pulai tree that sticks out of the canopy.
wild boar are foraging in the forest nearby. In Chek Jawa, thousands of people have peaceful interactions with wild boar. If we don't feed the wild animals, they will not bother people. Wild animals that associate people with food handouts will beg and harass people, leading to complaints. Such complaints often means the wild animals pay with their lives.
Oriental pied hornbill nest in a suitable hole in a tall tree. The breeding pair seals the female inside the hole. A narrow slit is left open so the male can feed her and the chicks. This remarkable behaviour is believed to deter large predators. The population of hornbills are limited by the number of suitable natural tree holes. The Singapore Hornbill Project to provide nesting boxes has had much success in raising the population of our Oriental pied-hornbills.
Delek air which has pretty fragrant blue flowers.
Needlefishes and see a very large school of fish!
shorebirds that feed on the seagrass meadows and shallow waters in the Chek Jawa lagoon. Here we see the large Great billed heron, medium sized Grey heron, smaller Egret. And nearby (not in photo) is the much smaller Green heron! When we visit Chek Jawa during the northern winter, we can see many more kinds of migratory shorebirds.
Carpet anemones nestled among Ribbon seagrass. As well as a Purple branching sponge drapped in Sea lettuce seaweed which was 'blooming' on the shore today. And a horseshore crab too!
Sundial snail that Chay Hoon first spotted on Chek Jawa, and later on our Southern shores. The rocky shore and boardwalk legs also had large oysters and other encrusting animals.
Blue-spotted mudskipper is my favourite! It has beautiful blue spots and a large flag-like dorsal fin. There were several large ones near the boardwalk. We also saw 'dancing mudskippers' that can stand on their tails to impress the lady mudskippers. But today, although we saw many of these mudskippers, none of them were 'dancing'.
fiddler crabs that teem on the shore beneath the boardwalk.
Mud lobster is a keystone species here, creating the mud mounds that become a 'condo' for all kinds of animals, complete with swimming pool for smaller creatures to shelter in during low tide.
colourful little fiddler crabs and Tree-climbing crabs. The Nipah palms were also blooming and fruiting!
Giant mudskipper with a dark stripe, and a skinny mudskipper with white bars which might be the Silver-lined mudskipper.
Api-api ludat secretes salt on its leaves. Some of us bravely have a taste of the salty leaves!
Malayan water monitor lizard in the back mangroves. Later, while waiting under the Jejawi Tower (I gave it a miss on this trip), some of us saw a much larger one wandering fearlessly near the boardwalk. This reptile has a long blue tongue that flicks out regularly to 'sniff' out its surroundings.
not to feed wildlife.
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