Pulau Ubin has two Bakau mata buaya (Bruguiera hainesii), the rarest mangrove trees in the world! Today we visited one of them.
I haven't seen this tree since June 2009. The tree is quite tall and looks fine.
Nyireh (Xylocarpus sp.). The seeds are irregularly shaped and fit just so within the ball. Its tricky to fit them back together once they fall apart.
he trip in June 2009, when similar plants were seen. We only had a quick look as the tide was rising. And moved on to look at the mangroves by the roadside.
Oriental whip snake (Ahaetulla prasina) among the vegetation near the mangroves!
Pied oriental hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) drops by at the mangroves. The effort to encourage breeding of this rare bird at Pulau Ubin has been so successful that it is now quite common to encounter them here.
we were here, we saw stick insects. So I was real glad to find one to show Tang Ling. It was Marcus who pointed out that the animal was dead! It has been infested by some sort of fungus which is the white stuff showing up in its joints. As Marcus explains so well, this is much like what happens to cordyceps, the popular traditional chinese medicine, which is fungus-infested caterpillars (eeks). Fortunately for everyone, Wee Hock soon finds a live stick insect.
Cotton stainer bugs (Dysdercus decussatus) that are often found clustered in large numbers on the Sea hibiscus bushes (Hibiscus tiliaceus). Wee Hock found a large group of them today.
Portia tree (Thespesia polpunea) that looks very similar to but is different from the Sea hibiscus! The rest of the team saw lots of other interesting insects, spiders and birds.
More about this snake on Nick Baker's awesome Ecology Asia website. As he says, among the snake's "favoured haunts is the crown of coconut palms". I guess we were at the right place at the right time to see this snake. It's rare for me to see two different kinds of snakes in one trip!
Unfortunately, there seems to be much erosion at Noordin Beach.
saw two years ago has been replaced with concrete benches. The graffiti on the pillars had been scrubbed out, but new ones are coming back. Sigh.