Thanks to Subaraj and Con Foley, I got a ride into the 'Lost Coast' on a beautiful blue-sky day. This enormous reclaimed area at Changi East is stunningly wild!
Subaraj and Con Foley regularly visit this shore to document the shorebirds and seabirds there.
Charadrius peronii) which is resident in Singapore and probably lays its eggs at Changi East. I've also seen this bird at nearby Tanah Merah's oil-slicked shores. There were lots of huge Horn-eyed ghost crabs (Ocypode cerathopthalmus) on the shore too. The Malayan plovers were hardly bigger than the crabs, and also moved quickly like the crabs. I kept focusing on crabs instead of birds!
Land hermit crabs (Coenobita sp.) all over the shore! The crabs were not very shy!
sand bubbler crabs (Scopimera sp.)!
Cake sand dollars (Arachnoides placenta) both living and dead.
the spot where I last saw the Critically Endangered Mentigi (Pemphis acidula) here. Alas, as earlier reported by Andy, the area has indeed been filled up and I couldn't find the Pemphis anymore. What a pity, as it would probably have been our only mainland Pemphis.
work being done on the seawalls there.
Before I joined Subaraj and his team, I had a quick look at the mangrove seeds washed up on the shore at Changi beach. The flood of seedlings seems to have eased off today. There's lots of sticks, but few fresh seedlings. I hardly found any rare ones in good condition.
Lenggadai (Bruguiera parviflora), a few short fat ones which might be Tumu (Bruguiera gymnorrhiza), many bright green pointy tipped Pisang-pisang (Kandelia candel) and a bunch of Tengar (Ceriops sp.). There were also still lots of Tumu berau (Bruguiera sexangula) on the shore.