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Sunday 1 April 2012

Singapore - Creatures of the Wetlands

Anybody going to Singapore might not think that much nature thrives on the island.  It's usually considered a shopping mecca.  You would probably be surprised to hear that there are quite a few nature reserves and a wonderful mangrove and wetlands area called the Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve which if you are into animals and birds is well worth the visit.  There is a huge array of water birds as you would expect and mangrove swamps are known for their kingfishers.  However, there is a fair amount of trees and vegetation so there are a lot of other birds too, some interesting ones being sunbirds and hornbills.

Crocs are around at certain times of the year and of course the large monitor lizards.  Spiders are a biggie here too - some beauts! Sorry, had to include one in my pic.  There is also a family of otters although unfortunately we never saw them.

We took a taxi from the centre of Singapore to the Wetlands.  It took about 40 minutes and the taxi cost £12 which in London terms is a steal.  On the way back we caught the shuttle bus which goes regularly from the Wetlands to the metro.

Mornings like this are real highlights in my holidays.

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