Saturday, November 10, 2018

The Park that Never Ceases to Amaze Us: Pasir Ris Park

Despite a rainy start to the walk, we had over 40 participants turn up for our special walk at Pasir Ris Park. Even though we only do walks to this park two to three times a year, it's never a boring walk as there's a wide variety of biodiversity.

As the jetty and our usual route through the boardwalks was closed, we headed to find the family of spotted wood owls who are resident to the park. We spot them by looking for their puke pellets and listening to their soft 'hoots'. Some years, we see the adult male and female owl with their offspring. This time, we saw two of them nestled in a rain tree.

We took a leisurely stroll to the shore and saw a large group of roosting herons. During the mating season, you can hear the calls of the grey herons as they compete for mates. We ended off the walk by the shore where the kids in our group found many crab moults of flower crabs.

Ria explains to her participants that the best way
to find owls is to look out for their puke pellets
that usually contains undigested matter,
such as bones, feathers or plant matter
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
This puke pellet contains a shrew's skeleton
(a type of rodent)
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

One of the spotted wood owls
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

They aren't always easy to spot so guides usually point
them out. With a bit of patience and sharp eyesight,
the visitor finally spots the owls.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

Kapok! The kapok tree produces pods that burst
to expose a cottony interior.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

A grey heron heading back to the roost sight.
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
Taking in the sights and sounds at the shore
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.
Everyone was intrigued by the crab moults
Photo by Nicholas Yeo.

We can't wait for our walks in 2019 at Pasir Ris Park and we hope to see you there! A huge thank you to our guides, Ley Kun, Ria, Xiang Tian and Sumita. And to Nicholas Yeo for taking the awesome photos of our walk.