There are some special trees in the mangroves of Pasir Ris. We decided to have a look at them today.
Being somewhat smitten by Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii) recently, we make the pilgrimage to the other Bruguiera hainesii at Pasir Ris. The tree is still standing, and seems alright compared to the last time I saw it in Sep 10. But today, I noticed there's another plant entwined among the lower branches of the tree.
Bruguiera hainesii calyx with a larger red calyx of the more common Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza). Alas, there's lots of litter on the shore too. Straws are particularly plentiful.
Pisang-pisang (Kandelia candel). It still doesn't look too well, with only three leafy branches. This plant is Critically Endangered.
Among our other sightings at Pasir Ris: there is a very VERY long line of floats about 100m off the low water mark. The floats seem to stretch the entire length of the shoreline of Pasir Ris Park. But it was good to see that there were no barges on the shore and the massive works on the shore seem to be completed.
this previous trip) as well as the nesting herons.
And who knows, perhaps we would be as lucky as Debby?! Debby recently shared on facebook that she saw "four otters trot into the waters from the river banks. One smaller otter was already frolicking in the water, so there were 5 otters in total - 4 pups and a mom. I followed them as they swam along the length of the beach some 100+ meters before they turned to laze for a bit in the mangrove". Wow!