Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve…the coastal walk

When:  March 2015                     Weather :  hot, 23C

Sony nex7 70-400mm, Canon550 60mm Macro

 

With my nature enthusiast friends from the Philippines, we paid a visit to Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve (SBWR) early Sunday morning.  We parked at the usual carpark B.   The weather was fine and we explored the new boardwalk leading to the coastal walk and carpark C. The new boardwalk leads to dragonfly pods, mud skipper pods etc etc before reaching the coastal walk.  This new area has been spruced up and there are lots of interesting diversions where you can climb up to a hide and view the surroundings.

The mud skipper area was quite interesting for the large mud skippers there….

 

blue spotted mud skipper

blue spotted mud skipper

 

with raised dorsal fin

with raised dorsal fin

 

And then it became somewhat of a spidery day….DSC03811

 

 

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the tiny male spider on the left and ? baby spider above...

the tiny male spider on the left and ? baby spider above…

 

And this spider was starting to munch on this insect...

And this spider was starting to munch on this insect…

 

when the insect managed to wriggle free and run away!

when the insect managed to wriggle free and run away!

 

common sandpiper

common sandpiper among the mangroves

 

Sunda woodpecker

Sunda woodpecker

 

One of the viewing pods...

One of the viewing pods…

 

breakfast

breakfast

 

and just as we were about to leave, A did what I asked of her, find me a snake! SHe'd found the only snake we saw in Sri lanka, and here she did it again! This beautiful greyish mangrove pit viper was comfortable nestled in the V of a low tree just a few inches off the ground next to the gravel track...

and just as we were about to leave, A did what I asked of her, find me a snake! She’d found the only snake we saw in Sri lanka, and here she did it again! This beautiful greyish mangrove pit viper was comfortably nestled in the V of a low tree just a few inches off the ground next to the gravel track…

I’d been trying to spot this viper for the longest time and here it was at last!…Unfortunately, we were rushing off to get them to the airport on time and I could only manage this shot…

 

But when J heard of this beauty, I was easily persuaded to go back again with him in the late afternoon to take more pix….he assured me that the viper would still be in the same place….but even before we got to the spot where we’d seen the serpent, he casually said ‘Here’s a snake…….’

the Oriental Whip Snake...luminous green amongst the foliage

the Oriental Whip Snake…luminous green amongst the foliage

 

beautiful blue tongue

beautiful blue tongue

 

head view

head view

 

close up of bifid pupil

close up of bifid pupil

 

and then in the river underneath…the estuarine or salt water crocodile!

Estuarine crocodile

Estuarine crocodile

 

Saltie...

Saltie…

 

and then we found the viper again...

and then we found the viper again…

 

 

orangey red eyes of the Mangrove Pit Viper

orangey red eyes of the Mangrove Pit Viper

 

MPV in the Mangroves

MPV in the Mangroves      

 

I was so glad we came back to get these extra pix; as J had predicted, the snake was still in the same place!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve…the coastal walk

    • Thank you for visiting my blog…Singapore whilst a busy city has surprisingly good wildlife etc. I would go Sungai Buloh WR as I wrote, and you could go to Nee Soon Swamps, Pasir Ris Park where the birding is good…

  1. Dear Natural Traveller,

    I am an undergraduate from National University of Singapore, and would like to request to use one of your photos for my assignment, which requires me to create a mock poster to promote Sungei Buloh. I greatly appreciate your consideration, hope to hear from you soon! Thank you! 🙂

    Best Regards,
    Agnes Chang

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