Friday, November 27, 2009

2 Crocs at Sungei Buloh

Another long overdued entry. Went to Sungei Buloh last Sunday, and were really lucky to see 2 crocodiles!

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
Bumped into Dr Chua, who pointed out this little Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) at the far side of a disused prawn pond.

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
As we were about to leave the reserve on the main bridge, I saw another crocodile!

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
After a while, it opened its mouth.

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
All of the sudden, it snapped its mouth, and bit on this api-api root next to its head.

Estuarine Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)
The root didn't break though, and remain in its mouth, poking the upper jaw. Thought it would feel rather uncomfortable. But even as we were leaving after taking photos for quite a while, the root remained inside...

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella)
Anyway, other animals we saw during the trip include this Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella), which has caught an insect.

Shield Bugs (Calliphara nobilis)
Along the boardwalk, we saw lots of Shield Bugs (Calliphara nobilis) behind a leaf.

Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)
As usual, we saw a number of Giant Mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri).

Collared Kingfisher (Todiramphus chloris)
There were also a few Collared Kingfishers (Todiramphus chloris).

Saw these bugs behind a leaf. Looks like the nymph of some kind of cotton stainer to me. I think I have seen them on Ubin before, also on the leaves of Mangrove Tit-berry (Allophylus cobbe).

Malayan Water Monitor Lizards (Varanus salvator)
There were a few Malayan Water Monitors (Varanus salvator) sun tanning by the pond.

Malayan Water Monitor Lizards (Varanus salvator)
It appeared as if the one on the right noticed that it was facing the wrong direction.

Malayan Water Monitor Lizards (Varanus salvator)
And decided to turn over... Haha

Four-lined Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax)
Been finding this Four-lined Tree Frog (Polypedates leucomystax) around the same area for the past few trips.

Common Greenback Frog (Hylarana erythraea)
There were several Common Greenbacks (Hylarana erythraea) in the pond.

Crab-eating Frog (Fejervarya cancrivora)
Looks like a Crab-eating Frog (Fejervarya cancrivora) to me.

There were lots of halfbeaks in Sungei Buloh Besar.

Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta)
There were many Little Egrets (Egretta garzetta) and other waders in the various ponds.

More waders...

A mixture of different egrets in the prawn pond.

Well, it was a great day! Guess I will be back here more often... hope to get closer shots of the croc :P


Kok Sheng said...

I like the story on the water monitors sun tanning... so funny!

Ron Yeo said...

Yah... haha...