Beyond Singapore’s city life

Great Egrets in Action

We felt we needed a shot of nature and took the morning to visit the Sungei Buloh Wetlands which is known for habitants of the feathered and ‘reptilian’ kind 🙂 Situated in the north west of Singapore, the park is 130ha in size and is divided into a range of walks that can take between two and four hours to complete.  Many observation hides have been built along these routes and visitors can use them to view the wildlife from a distance.

Sungei Buloh Mangrove Swamp

Sungei Buloh Walkway

Throughout the park, we got to see the mangrove flora and fauna and observe insects, reptiles and birds such as mudskippers, crabs, water snakes, moths, monitor lizards, kingfishers, herons and sunbirds.  These are but a few of the many varied varieties that call Sungei Buloh home.  However, the main draw of the reserve is that is a pitstop for migratory birds from the months of September to March.  A few thousand birds stop in Sungei Buloh and other nature parks in Singapore for food and shelter during their long trek.  The ‘ritual’ migration has given many a nature photographer joy as it shows off birds flying in formation, dotting the sky with pretty jewel-like colours.

Sungei Buloh Mushroom

When we got too weary to stay out in the hides, we headed back to the entrance of the park which houses the cafe.  It turned out to be a good choice because we discovered that it is another nice pitstop for birds and reptiles! We caught the monitor lizards sunbathing and then swimming through the pond.  It must have been hard swimming because the monitor lizard in the picture below is resting its chin on a yam plant branch!

Monitor Lizard

Sungei Buloh Mangrove Trees

Being a nature reserve, there are certain must haves when visiting the park:

– mosquito repellant

– sun block

– hat

– binoculars

– water

So if you’re tired of city life and looking for a lovely nature reserve that has been accorded ASEAN Heritage park status, nip out to Sungei Buloh early to catch a different Singapore!