A small team did our annual survey of the northern shores of Chek Jawa. Here, a long sand bar shelters the large lagoon of Chek Jawa where seagrasses and marine life flourish.
How nice to come across a large patch of Smooth ribbon seagrass at the inner edge of the northern sand bar! The seagrass meadows were lush. Mostly Spoon seagrass and Needle seagrass (with fine leaf blades) with some patches of Fern seagrass. This is similar to our annual survey here in Nov 2017,
Nov 2017, we also saw bleaching seagrasses.
Swimming anemones seem to be in season. But we didn't find any Button snails.
Tiger moon snail on the prowl.
Marcus found a Grey bonnet snail!
Seems like the Hairy sea hare is coming into season.
We were most priviledged to have Subaraj join our survey and he pointed out lots and lots and lots of shorebirds that we have failed to observe. The sand flats and seagrass meadows of Chek Jawa are indeed important as feeding groups for migratory birds to refuel for their long journeys.
1. Great-billed Heron 2
2. Grey Heron 6
3. White-bellied Sea-Eagle 3
4. Grey Plover 32
5. Pacific Golden Plover 15
6. Greater Sand-Plover Est.120
7. Lesser Sand Plover Est.30
8. Whimbrel 8
9. Common Sandpiper 1
10. Red-necked Stint 140
11. Great Crested Tern 16
I also had a quick look at the mangroves along the way. And they looked fine. Alas, the very rare Critically Endangered Mentigi (Pemphis acidula) is no longer there.
More photos by others on this trip
Others on this trip: Nicholas Yap, Nicholas Yeo, Subaraj Rajathurai, Neil Hutchinson.