What can a wheelchair user see at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve? I've broken my foot so will spend sometime in a wheelchair. Today, kind and patient friends brought me on a picnic at the Reserve.
We arrive very early just after a morning rain storm. This Malayan water monitor lizard (blue arrow) was lying very close to the boardwalk, probably hoping to warm up in the morning sun.
crocodile was spotted! There are several of these magnificent wild animals in the Reserve and they are often sighted from the Main Bridge, especially at low tide when they hunt for fishes.
hornbill in a tree far far away. There were also lots of kingfishers and other birds, including a Black Baza spotted by Andy flying past.
Malayan water monitor lizards near the Main Bridge and Visitor Centre. This one looked particularly regal.
Blue-spotted mudskippers near this shelter. Their comical antics are endearing, particularly how they move the head side to side as they skim off the algae growing on the surface of the mud. It makes them appear to say "no no no no!" vigorously and repeatedly.
Beccari's seagrass, considered among the rarest seagrasses in the world. Singapore has good growths of this seagrass at Sungei Buloh as well as nearby Kranji and Mandai mangroves.
shorebirds as it is now migratory season. We bumped into Allan who gave each of us a delicious tiny mandarin orange! We finally managed, with Allan's help, to finish the picnic!
More about shorebirds here.
other visitors today at the Reserve. Oh dear. Probably because I've kept the team from walking on the gravelly paths to platforms 1 and 2 of the Reserve, where the otters have recently been sighted. Alas, wheelchairs cannot travel the gravel. So sorry guys!
So how easy was it to explore the Reserve on a wheelchair?
The Main Bridge is very easy for the wheelchair to negotiate. Broad smooth planks with tiny spacings. The boardwalk between the Visitor Centre and the Main Bride was also alright although a little bumpy. And with help I could get past the short gravelly bit between the Main Bridge and the Main Hide. But it was a bit of a challenge to get past the steel plate with the soft spongy mat at the Visitor Centre which is placed there to disinfect visitors' feet. A wheelchair laden by a huge person like me would get stuck in the soft mat. Thanks to the help of my friends, I managed to get past it by transferring myself to the bench next to the steel plate, with friends pushing the empty wheelchair across. It might be more challenging for someone who can't get out of wheelchair easily.
Singapore's wild places. We have many and some, like Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, are easily explored even by someone in a wheelchair. With the help and happy companionship of friends!
Since my foot is a more personal issue, I've shared about my one-legged adventures on facebook instead of this blog. There I've shared notes about my experiences week 1, first surgeon's review, week 2, week 3 and week 4. I expect to be wheelchair bound for at least another month and it may be more months before I can walk again and resume my field trips. I could not have made it this far without all the support, help, gifts and prayers and good wishes of countless people. Thank you!
Lisfranc Fracture Club on facebook, people who share the same kind of fracture that I suffered, and also going through the very long and often frustrating recovery before we get back to normal.
So please take care of your feet and appreciate them! It's really tough to lose even one of them.