We had a lot of students joining us hoping to get a taste of being a nature guide! Thanks to Pei Yan for bringing her students from Katong Convent. We also had students from Raffles Junior College.
wild boar and her piglets, all grown up now since I last saw them in June. 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.
|Photo by Isabelle|
colourful little fiddler crabs, tiny mudskippers, a Giant mudskipper, Tree-climbing crabs as well as the Nipah palms which were blooming and fruiting.
mangrove shield bugs. One of the young visitors has a great camera and took lots of wonderful shots of all our finds.
Spitting cobra, which can be dangerous as can accurately spit blinding venom into the eyes. But as we have seen, snakes will not harm us if we leave them alone and don't disturb them. I saw this beautiful snake also at Ubin in Nov 2009.
Malayan water monitor lizard with a bright blue tongue.
Gold-spotted mudskippers. There were lots more fiddler crabs when we got out to the seaward side of the mangroves.
destroyed when a nearby durian tree fell on it in 2012. The house is still in the process of being rebuilt. It's easy to destroy something, but takes a long time to build it back up. Sigh.
Pulau Ubin and Chek Jawa: how to get there and what to see and do. Join the Naked Hermit Crabs on our monthly free guided walk at Chek Jawa more details and online registration.
Pei Yan shares more about this trip on her blog.