Visited S. Buloh Wetland Reserve today (17 Sep 2013) as this is supposedly the season when the migratory birds are around (due to winter, which I guess must be in the Southern Hemisphere, or maybe that is why I wanted to go in August, which is the tail end of winter, but could not due to rain on that day?).
Anywhere, I went and was richly rewarded – many sightings of birds (sandpipers, egrets, herons, kingfishers, etc), other wildlife (crocodile, monitor lizard, giant mudskippers, squirrel), and plenty of mosquito bites – remembered everything (bino, camera and long lens, long pants, trekking boots, water) except that I forgot to bring repellent. But never mind, consider it as a blood donation, in exchange for the many photos taken at the reserve 🙂 (Important: to any one contemplating going, try not to donate blood; the minimum number of mozzies that will draw blood from you will be more than 20, but you will also get to eliminate the lifes of just as many; bad karma for all parties).
Here are some other shots (different from the ones on my facebook album) –
“Only a sandpiper” by Li Lienfung, mother of Ho Kwong Ping – a coincidence that I borrowed this book 2 weeks ago, and watching sandpipers at S. Buloh today!
Be silent. Keep your forked tongue behind your teeth. I did not pass through fire and death to bandy crooked words with a witless worm. Gandalf quote
3 white egrets
fascinating facts – seabass starts off as male and ends up when mature as female … (conclusion: male are immature?)
how to identify commonly seen birds
hideaway – to hide while you while away your time looking at birds (of the feathered kind)
hideout – enclosed and with seats, serving similar function as hideaway …
shelter – no bus stopping here though, keep walking after the rain stops
the gravel trails – best to wear high-cut hiking boots due to uneven ground, and small stones getting into shoe.
The Aeria – this, by the way, is not a restaurant
sign postings at junctions means no need for map
A trip worth making today, for the educational experience, photos and blood donation!