Today we went on a field trip to Sungei Buloh to learn about some of the flora and fauna native to Singapore.
What do you see here? It may not be what is seems... It's the caterpillar of a tussock moth!
Fruit bats having a snooze.
A monitor lizard and a turtle trying to catch some morning rays.
Do you know about the life cycle of this tree? Here you can see the tree's fruit. Birds and other animals eat the fruit, which contains seeds. They then transport the seeds in their bodies to other areas where they are released through the bird or other animal's waste. Then a new tree can grow.
The molting of a huntsman spider.
A dead cicada and nymph moult.
We were really excited to see a crocodile!
There were smaller reptiles too, like this gecko. Do you know how they can climb so well? They have very small claws.
This is a female Golden Orb spider. Why is there no male? The male is small it is difficult to find and it cannot stay with the female or she will eat him.
We saw archer fish and pipe fish.
We also saw two kingfishers and a hornbill!
We saw egrets and herons. We learned about migration. There were egrets there from Russia, China and South Korea.
We also saw some scientists who were putting tracking devices on some of the birds there.
Claire is using the posters to identify the birds she sees in the distance.
We were especially amazed by the tussock moth caterpillar, its life cycle and adaptations, as well as the Golden Orb spiders and crocodile. We also noted that some of the animals were very difficult to see, because they were so well camouflaged. We hope to investigate these adaptations further tomorrow!