Pleasant late afternoon weather drew a keen crowd for the most recent guided walk through the beautiful mangroves at Pasir Ris. A friendly group of guides and assistant guides were on hand to host walkers.
Germaine, Gladys, Oi Yee, Veron, Rick, Melanie and Max
The first group went with Australian mangrove guide Melanie, assistant guide Veron and photographer Max. The excellent signage along the Mangrove paths and boardwalks showed the way.
Melanie points out where the walk will go. (Photo by Max Anderson)
Another group went with experienced and vivacious local guide Oi Yee and assistant Germaine.
photo courtesy of Ivan Kwan
Both groups enjoyed spotting an interesting variety of local animals:
This Rooster (a Red Jungle Fowl) was a bit shy and headed for the bushes!
(Photo courtesy of Ivan Kwan)
Meanwhile, members of Melanie’s group (especially the children ) were enjoying observing some of the smaller mangrove residents:
Can you see the ant?! (Photo by Max Anderson)
We saw lots of spider’s webs. (Photo by Max Anderson)
Larger invertebrates spotted included the always interesting crabs and snails:
Tree crab in its burrow. (Photo by Ivan Kwan)
The Rodong snail – well camouflagued! (Photo by Ivan Kwan)
Of course everyone loves watching the strange mudskippers as they scoot about between the little pools of water and shallow creeks.
Giant mudskipper – keeps its skin, mouth and gills moist so it can breathe when out of water. (Photo by Ivan Kwan)
Whilst plenty of birds were spotted once we all reached the river front, the star attraction was a casually swimming water monitor:
Malayan Water Monitor – not afraid of our group, and going about its business. (Photo by Max Anderson)
Of course none of these animals would be able to live at Pasir Ris without the fabulous mangrove forest itself. This precious patch of mangrove habitat contains a variety of beautiful and fascinating plants:
Different species of mangrove tree use different types of roots to support the tree in its soft muddy environment. Aerial roots absorb oxygen from the air as there is not enough oxygen in the waterlogged soil. (Photo by Max Anderson)
- Bukua kurup tree (Rhizophora sp) with hanging propagules. These are seeds that have already germinated whilst still on the tree. When they drop, they are dispersed by water / tides to a new patch of mud where they take root. (Photo by Ivan Kwan)Attractive sea holly plants (photo by Max Anderson)
This beautiful Finlayson’s cymbidium orchid was flowering at the entrance to the walk. (Photo by Ivan Kwan)
When you slow down and look closely, you can see other living things such as these pretty bracket fungi. (Photo by Max Anderson)
As always, the people who came along were enthusiastic about learning more about Singapore’s mangrove habitats. Many enjoyed the photography opportunities, or just relaxing in nature.
So much to see on the forest floor. (Photo by Ivan Kwan)
Lots to see in the canopy too. (Photo by Max Anderson)
participants even got to sample a dessert (attap Chee), made from the seeds of the Nipah Palm. (Photo by Max Anderson)
There are few mangrove forests left in Singapore. Beautiful, interesting and important – worth protecting!
Pasir Ris mangrove forest. An oasis in suburban Singapore. (Photo by Max Anderson)