When we arrive at Chek Jawa, we were able to show the kids how rubber tapping works. Rubber used to be an important cash crop in the past (until natural rubber was replaced by synthetic rubber), and there were a number of rubber estates in Pulau Ubin. The rubber estates are no longer in operation, but the rubber trees are left to grow wild all over the island, gradually turning into secondary forests. LK explained to the kids how the rubber tree is "tapped" and the sticky sap collected from the trees is called latex which coagulates on exposure to air. The kids were able to stretch the ribbons of latex.
Ria's group of visitors saw the male Oriental Pied Hornbill feeding on fruits. They were so excited with the sighting as can be expected because the hornbill is indeed a magnificent beauty of our forests. The kids and adults made the tedious climb to the top of Jejawi Tower and were rewarded with yet another wonderful sighting, this time of a White-Bellied Sea-Eagle, soaring above their heads. Yup! This is a typical day out to Chek Jawa, a treasure trove of biodiversity in Singapore!
The sightings for the day captured on photographs:
|Telecopium snails (also called 'Rodong' in Malay)|
|Red eyed fiddler crab|
It sure was teeming with people on the boardwalk today. Singaporeans continue to flock to Chek Jawa to view its natural beauty. And if you're lucky enough to have a nature guide accompany your group, you will find the trip educational.
As we turned round the curve of the coastal boardwalk, one of the boys, Denver, spotted a bird on a rock. This is the Common Sandpiper, a migratory bird from the far northern reaches of the Eurasian continent. It is a common winter visitor to this part of the world.
When we ended the tour at the English Cottage, we let the kids (and grownups too) express whatever they want about the trip.
|Drawing by Phoebe, one of the mums in the group|
|Joyce and friends left some encouraging words too!|
Finally, here's the photo of the papa Oriental Pied Hornbill that I promised to put up for the visitors.
Thanks go out to Chay Hoon, Ria and Ley Kun for guiding.
And here are the links of blog posts made of this trip:
- Ria's wildshores blog
- The Heng Family Travel Blog, Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
- Andy's Sengkangbabies blog
- more photos from SengkangBabies fb album
- more photos from Phoebe's fb album
IF you want to join us on our monthly outing to Chek Jawa Boardwalk, check this blog post. We run this free tour every second Saturday of the month, and we welcome family and friend groups.