|Mud Lobster (photo credit: PY)|
We also spotted this unusual blue crab in the mangroves. Not a great photo, but you can see just how bright the blue colour is! Match that with red beady eyes, and you get a very handsome crab indeed!
And here's another tiny crab with beady red eyes.
We don't get to see many dragonflies in Chek Jawa, but here's a little fellow that stood quite still for us to capture a decent photo. A few of the kids took some good shots of the dragonfly. Nice.
|juvenile water monitor lizard|
Our monthly Chek Jawa Boardwalk trips are wonderful opportunities for families to bond in the midst of a natural surrounding. Do join us on a walk if you could take some time from your busy schedule.
Lots of families sign up for our walks. We warmly welcome you too if you sign up with your friends!
|Oriental Pied Hornbill (male)|
I feel it is important for all of us to remember NOT to feed the wild boars in Chek Jawa. So allow me to talk a little about this issue.
This is the scene that greeted us when we arrived at Punai Hut at 9 am. Piglets born to Mama Wild Boar in the Chek Jawa area! The babies still had their characteristic 'water-melon' stripes on them and were probably just a few days old.
Unfortunately, someone had started to feed the wild boars with a very large loaf of white bread. This calls for an impromptu pep talk to the visitors and bystanders who had gathered around the wild boars about the need to leave wild animals alone, and not to feed them with our food. The wild boars, when left on their own, would forage for fruits, seeds, roots and shoots in the forest, and even on the intertidal areas when the tide goes down. Sadly, when humans feed the wild boars with our kind of food, we are conditioning them to seek our kind of food, thus changing the animals' natural behaviour, and adversely affecting their interaction with us.
A gentle reminder that NParks have put up signboards in Chek Jawa that say:
Wild boars have been seen in
If you encounter a wild boar,
move calmly away from it.
Do not use flash photography
as it may upset the animal.
Do not feed it as it is illegal to
feed wild animals.
Hope you remember this little message when you encounter other wild boars during your nature outings around Singapore.
Our volunteer guides on 2nd March are CH, JL, PY, Ria and LK. And we had 4 students from KC who came to learn nature guiding with us. Thank you, everyone!
Other posts written of the same outing:
First Naked walk at Chek Jawa in 2013 by Wild Shores of Singapore
Mud Lobster Sighting and 8 new wild boar piglets at Chek Jawa by Peiyan Photography
Sharing a few of the drawings done by our visitors: