Visit to Kranji Marshes, Sungei Buloh

Finally found some time to explore this “new” extension of Sungei Buloh.

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Looks like a long walk ahead…

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… and actually quite boring walk. At this point, i didn’t notice the ”restricted access” to my disappointment later.

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Many birds along the way but mostly on top of trees that I can see but out of reach of my lens except this massively cropped shot.

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Not much luck with fauna but did chance upon some nice flora.

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Finally I reach the clearing.

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Let’s see what I can see up there.

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Nice view but nothing much. Going back down to explore further.

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Then I found I can’t proceed further.

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I went back to look at the map.

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Noted, I didn’t read the fine print…. next time better open my eyes bigger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Extension

I was very happy to know Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve will be expanded and when I read about the opening of the latest extension, I looked forward for a visit. Finally I was able to find time to explore today.

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Area I intend to cover today

Let’s get started!

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Giant Mud-skipper … so am I expecting to see many of these here?

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View from Little Heron Deck with Johor Bahru across the water.

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Kranji Dam

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Fantail Pod, viewing ‘pods’ like this are very common in this part of the reserve.DSC07847_upload

Mid-canopy walk

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Eagle Point

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Typical foot paths along coastal walks

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This is a nice place to really explore the mudflats up close… too bad i didn’t notice any interesting creatures here.

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Beside the structures, I did find some animals, but mostly spiders (really lots and lots of spiders), dragonflies and snails. I here birds though, but never able to spot them among the trees.

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Except this one perched too far for my 400mm (35mm equivalent) lens to reach and a white-bellied fish eagle below.

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There are really lots and lots of spiders such as these.

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Snails, big and small are very common too.

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As well as dragonflies and moths. But most don’t allow me to come close.

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And finally I found a mud skipper.

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Overall, I found this extension much nicer than the main reserve. There are much more scenic boardwalks and viewing pods. As for creatures to spot, its more skill and luck that matters, both of which I didn’t have much 🙂

Equipment:

1. Olympus E-5 with Zuiko 50-200mm f2.8-3.5 & Zuiko 35mm f/3.5 macro lens

2. Sony Nex5R with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

3. DxO OpticsPro version 9

Short trip to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

I had brought my family to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve many times. Thus I did not expected to see any new creatures beside the usual monitor lizards or egrets and didn’t bring my DSLR with me. Fortunately, I always make sure at least I had my highly portable but relatively long zoom compact camera, Sony Cybershot HX9V. This was because this time, I finally chanced upon a crocodile.

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The tide today also happen to be extremely low, revealing most of the river bed and might explain why I was fortunate enough to see the elusive reptile.

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A check on the NEA website shows that the tide was 0.3m this morning.

http://app2.nea.gov.sg/tidetime.aspx