By Yew Yee Siang.
Over the weekend, I finally managed to visit the core conservation area of the Kranji Marshes with the Nature Society. The morning was spent in relative tranquility, away from the bustle and stress of the city (which can still be seen in the distance). As a complete birdwatching beginner with no prior knowledge, I am extremely thankful to the avid birdwatchers from the Nature Society who shared their wealth of knowledge with me, pointing out the different birds we saw and other relevant tidbits of information. Within the small area of the Kranji Marshes (56.8-hectares), we counted 39 species of birds (37 seen and 2 heard) and spotted the migratory black-capped kingfisher in action. 20 odd ducks flew in formation, with the beauty and grace comparable to modern aerial displays. It was delightful to know that Singapore still has such rich natural biodiversity, even playing host to many migratory species. The harmony of nature and her natural inhabitants at the Kranji Marshes really struck me hard. It makes one wonder about the implications we humans have on the natural environment (even more so in development driven Singapore) and how we can possibly reconcile. We have touched on in school some of the challenges of nature conservation in Singapore; with examples such as the marina south duck ponds. Whilst we can always strive to do better, I was heartened to see this little piece of land being set aside in the outskirts of Singapore (for how long we do not know) for the protection and conservation of marsh birds. I left the Kranji marshes reminded that in the concrete jungle we live in, the human spirit needs places where nature has not been (or at least relatively) rearranged by the hand of man. (Above article and Kranji Marsh photo were contributed by Yew Yee Siang, back row, in dark blue t-shirt)
Other photos taken during the morning walk are shown below:
Sighted : Black-Capped Kingfisher, a regular visitor to KM.
A flock of Lesser Whistling Ducks flying in the morning
Sighted: Snipe (centre) and Wood Sandpipers
Little Egret in flight.
A special thank you to Yew Yee Siang who wrote and contributed to the main article.
All bird photographs were well taken and contributed by Mahesh Krishnan (front row, centre).