All the animals we saw were spotted by the sharp-eyed and observant visitors! The most delightful find was this snake in a tree. It appears to have just eaten a gecko. Thanks to Sumita for taking the photo and finding out what it might be. It's not an Oriental whip snake, and probably some kind of Bronzeback.
|Photo by Sumita Thiagarajan.|
Giant mudskipper, the largest of our mudskippers. Is the mudskipper a frog, a lizard or a fish? An amazing creature of the mudflats indeed! Earlier on, the youngest child spotted other tinier mudskippers. A Plantain squirrel was seen skipping among the trees. And we heard the calls of the Collared kingfisher as well as the quarrelsome White breasted water hen. We also saw a small spider weaving her web.
mud lobster mounds! These mounds are important for a richer mangrove as they provide 'condos' for other smaller animals to build their homes. As they dig in the mud, the mud lobsters also improve the ground for healthier plant growth.
Gedabu have been planted along the boardwalk. I hope they were taken from Singapore native stocks.
DIY walking trail guide that you can download (pdf) to explore the Creek on your own. The trail can be combined with a walk all around the Southern Ridges too! We end our walk here.
There are two platforms which stick out into the Creek so we can have a look at the trees and creatures living there. The water turns a 'teh-susu' (tea with milk) colour as the rain washes down sediments from the land.
hurt and kill sea creatures.
plants and creatures that I've seen at Berlayar.
Api-api pasir (Rhizophora stylosa)! Dr Jean Yong very kindly responded to my blog post about Berlayar and shared that "most importantly, botanically speaking for Singapore, Tanjung Berlayar is the only place on Singapore mainland to have at least 10 trees of Rhizophora stylosa."
I'm so glad Sumita and I had a chance to share this special shore with our friends at Pacific Radiance.
More about Berlayar Creek.