It is bird migratory season here in Singapore and the various bird photo groups on FB have lighted up with chatter about some rare shorebirds at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve. So I went down to kapo a bit but was disappointed when there was not a single bird to be seen at the main pond. The water level was too high! Had to walk to walk the entire round before spotting them at the other pond but they were too far away for any decent individual photos.
But the trip was not wasted though. To make up for the lack of birds, there was reptiles aplenty. I have never had on any single trip to any local or for that matter local reserve or parks spotted so many different species of reptiles – from the biggest predator, the Estuarine Crocodile to the small little gecko.
First was the by now fairly common resident croc of SBWR at the main pond under the main bridge.
Further inland, M spotted what was a first for every one of us – a Shore Pit Viper!
Then there was a series of reptiles both big and small including 1 more crocodile and all sort of lizards.
A very common invasive species the Changeable Lizard
In contrast, the not very common Bearded Dragon lizard which can glide from trees to trees. In fact we did see a few of them “flying” all over.
There was the shy skink
And a gecko on the ceiling of one of the hide
And of course many monitor lizard including this little one trying to look for prey inside the tree trunk
On the way out we spotted a juvenile crocodile sunning itself
But it was at the new SBWR that we saw 3 more Oriental Whip Snakes. The sound of thunder and the approaching rain cloud forced us to beat a hasty retreat without taking a photo of the 4th snake.
So the trip wasn’t wasted and turned out to be one of the most fruitful ever visit to the place!