After paying the entrance fee of S$1, I entered the park and went to the restroom and apply some mosquito repellent. While doing so, I notice some movements on a tree visible inside the room. I quickly rush to the spot and noticed a hornbill. Not knowing what species it is, I just took as many shots as I could. Later, I was able to identify it as an Oriental pied hornbill.
At the bridge leading to the first trail, the ever present crocodile can be seen.
I continue my stroll and saw a lot of Ashy tailorbirds.
Along the way, I meet some birders and photographers with giant lenses. I also saw some other targets like the grey egret and a striated heron looking for food in the ponds.
When I reached the area where I last saw a tailorbird nest, I tried to find it, but it seems the nest is already gone.
I revisited the mangrove Arboretum, there I was able to see some crabs, mud skippers. I was surprised to see one of the crabs climbed up a vertical branch up to more than a meter from the water level. How did it managed to do that?
I also witnessed a crimson sunbird hunting a spider.
Where are you spidey?
On the way back, I was lucky to get some better shots of the Common iora. It's a moderately difficult bird to photograph due to its' tendency to move from branch to branch.
In one area, I saw a birder shooting something while other onlookers also stopped to take a look. At first I thought it was a bird, but on closer inspection, it was a green snake crawling up a tree.
In the pond, some fish always tend to shoot themselves up into the air, perhaps it's their way of hunting for wading insects or something else. I tried to capture the moment and was able to although not that good.
At the end of the day, I was glad I was able to catch a glimpse of the hornbill which was another lifer for me.