Saturday, January 01, 2011

Mandai Mangrove on New Year's Eve

I visited Mandai Mangrove on New Year's with a few friends, and as usual, there were quite a few things to see!

While I think the diversity of mangrove plants is not as high as Kranji or even Pasir Ris, it has a few rare mangrove plants growing in abundance, and they are very easily accessible for photo-taking. Hence, I still like to visit it once in a while.

Apart from Kranji, Mandai Mangrove probably has the most number of Kalak Kambing (Finlaysonia obovata) plants on mainland Singapore. Most of them were climbing up trees, but a few were growing over shrubs and treelets, and thus was easy for me to get some photos. I only saw the purple-flowered variety here though, unlike Kranji where both purple and white varieties could be seen.

Here are the fruits! Have mentioned before that somehow they reminded me of the Pringles mustache. Haha.

The were many patches of Brownlowia tersa too. It just occurred to me that its flowers bloom in the late afternoon around 3-4 plus. Have tested this out on both the Kranji trip and this trip. We only see flower buds in the early afternoon, and towards the end of our trip when we visited the plant again, the flowers had opened up!

It had cute little butt-like fruits.

The were many Mangrove Lime (Merope angulata) shrubs as well. A few of them were flowering!

Several were fruiting too. Some of the fruits were quite low and stained with mud.

Others that were higher up were green and glossy.

Mandai possibly has the biggest population of Beccari's Seagrass (Halophila beccarii). There were every where, and some of the patches looked as big as soccer fields!

There were a few Ipil (Intsia bijuga) trees, and one of them has a few fruits on it. So far this is the shortest Ipil that I have seen fruiting. Guess I should probably visit it again one of these days to check if it's flowering.

This rather common mangrove climber, Caesalpinia crista, has a few fruits on it also.

Apart from plants, there were a number of interesting animals too!

I spotted a cuckoo (Cuculus sp.), but not sure what species it is.

A male White-barred Duskhawk (Tholymis tillarga) was resting of a twig. This species is common in Singapore, and is more active in the late afternoon.

These are the Aquatic Moths (Eristena mangalis). The aquatic habit does not refer to the adult, of course, but the larvae.

A big jaw spider that I am not sure of the species.

On one of the Mangrove Lime plant, I spotted a Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus malayanus) caterpillar!

One of the dead tree was full of such holes, probably made by some longhorn beetles.

And there were lots and lots and I mean REALLY LOTS of Mangrove Horseshoe Crabs (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda)!

We spent like about 5 hours here, though for quite a while we were hiding from the rain. Nice trip, and certainly I will be back!


Brandon said...

possible Indian cuckoo (cuculus micropterus)

Sy said...

Yea~ Dingli confirmed with me yest. Din know we spent that long in the mangroves. ha~

tHE tiDE cHAsER said...

Hey thanks! checked my bird guide and thot it looks like indian cuckoo oso, but it also says some species are so alike that it's easier to differentiate by their calls.

Yup, we probably spent about 4.5 hours in the mangrove actually, but if include the walking in and preparation, possibly closer to 5 hrs :P