Tuesday, December 31, 2013

SBWR on New Year’s Eve Part I


Last day of 2013 was well spent, at least for me, I got to revisit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve :)

Not exactly very accessible but it was away from all the bustling city crowds. Perhaps it was new year's eve so there were lesser people as compared to the usual crowd.

We headed down to the first observation hide, but it was high tide at that time. All the birds were crowding on one little island..

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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) and Common Redshanks (Tringa totanus), with a few Greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)
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A faraway shot
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Noticed  the flowers of this Bruguiera sp., i think it might be Bruguiera cylindrica, but I am not sure
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Need to learn identification of mangrove plants
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Morinda citrifolia aka Noni
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Morinda citrifolia aka Noni
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The beautiful flower of Barringtonia asiatica
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View from the second hideout
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus), Common Redshanks (Tringa totanus) and  Greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus), Common Redshanks (Tringa totanus) and  Greenshanks (Tringa nebularia)

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I think it was a brilliant idea to set up these observation hide where people can observe the birds at close proximity without disturbing the wildlife
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Fallen flower of Barringtonia asiatica
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Fruits of Barringtonia asiatica aka Fish Poison Tree
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An island of birds
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Another plant commonly seen there - Sea hibiscus (Talipariti tiliaceum)
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The flower fades from bright yellow to this reddish pink
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Fruits of the Seashore Spider Lily - Crinum asiaticum
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Acanthus ebracteatus leaves - I am not a fan of its spiny leaves..
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Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) - most likely to be from the bird park or the zoo

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Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

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Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea flowers
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Scyphiphora hydrophyllacea
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Milky stork (Mycteria cinerea)

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

We were wondering where do all the egrets, herons and storks go during the high tide, i guess we got the answer :D

They were all perching on the dead trees at one of these flooded areas.
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Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia) and Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
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Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia), Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) and Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
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Milky stork (Mycteria cinerea)

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Another island of birds
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)
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Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis)
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus)
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Painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala) and Milky stork (Mycteria cinerea)

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A bunch of House Crows (Corvus splendens)
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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) aplenty
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Mudflat  - best for mass feeding session :)
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Whimbrels (Numenius phaeopus) - they seem to blend in rather well with the surroundings

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A lonely Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
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Spotted 2 Red Turtle Doves (Streptopelia tranquebarica)
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Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelia tranquebarica) - can u spot them? they are right in the middle

Stay tuned for the second part where I got the chance to see the estuarine croc!! :D

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