Nov 19, 2013

Wetland in a city!

For people who think Singapore is just about multi structured buildings and,despite this country being a small island that has undergone lots of development, lots of wildlife still survives or even thrives!

To further prove it,there is a wetland reserve called Sungie Buloh Wetland Reserve in the city and is home to over 160 species of birds. This reserves includes mangroves and fresh water wetlands.About 60% of these species are resident birds living and breeding here, and the rest are migrants. Most migrant birds arrive at the Park from September through November, and they leave for their homes back north from March to late May the following year. The Park provides its feathered guests with feeding grounds and roosting sites. Half of the migrant species are waders (shorebirds), the other half comprise perching birds and others. 

Other details of the reserves: 

Opening hours:  7.30am-7pm on weekdays,
7am-7pm on Sundays and Public Holidays. 

Admission is free except on Sat, Sun, Public Holidays and school holidays: $1 per adult

One can explore the place by going on nature trails and see wondrous creatures up close!! 

I had an opportunity with the National parks here to volunteer in this place on identifying resident and migratory birds. It is just not about the wildlife but the small details in nature that leave you mesmerized in this beautiful place. Rest through the pictures! 

Entry point to the reserve..

The view from cafeteria...can you spot the monitor lizard there?!

Early morning rays...

We set out to looking for fellow volunteer in the picture..

The wooden walkways are just so good to walk on...

 Some of the beautiful flowers that we spotted along with many birds...

Notice the pattern of the stem criss crossed?! :) 

Migratory shore birds were many from Australia said the Nature park cameras limitations,couldn't get them from close..

The path in the green that we went in lookout for birds...

Also not to forget the typical mangroves..

Spotted many monitor lizards on the trail...

Also a heron perching far away! 

Some patterns in nature which i love to take notice of ...

Algal blooms..

 Last but not the least..wild otter swimming happily!!

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.”
— Edward Abbey

If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.  ~Vincent Van Gogh