Chek Jawa Wetlands

Sea anemones (closed)

Sea anemones (closed)

This is a photographic record of a trip to Chek Jawa Wetlands on Pulau Ubin, an island to the north-east of Singapore. Many thanks to JF, who was both host and natural history guide.

Sea anemones (open)

Sea anemones (open)

Butterfly

Lebadea martha parkeri (Knight)

Butterfly

Butterfly

Butterfly

(tentative) Pantoporia paraka paraka (Perak Lascar)

Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Coastal boardwalk

Coastal boardwalk

Dead tree

Dead tree

Mudskipper

Gold-spotted mudskipper (Periophthalmus chrysospilos)

Mudskipper (Periophthalmus sp.)

Mudskipper (Periophthalmus sp.)

Courtship display, Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus)

Courtship display, Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus)

A Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper flicks its body out of the water with its tail to attract a female, followed shortly by…

Mating, Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus)

Mating, Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus)

A Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus) enters its burrow

A Walking Goby/Bearded Mudskipper (Scartelaos histophorus) enters its burrow

Mudskipper

(tentative) Silver-lined mudskipper (Periophthalmus argentilineatus)

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

This large jellyfish (approx. 40cm bell) was washed up on the landward side of the boardwalk.

Fiddler crab (Uca sp.)

Fiddler crab (Uca sp.)

Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard

As the boardwalk wends its way into the mangroves…

Mud creeper/Chut-chut (Cerithidea obtusa)

Mud creeper/Chut-chut (Cerithidea obtusa)

Drill (Thais gradata)

Drill (Thais gradata)

Monitor lizard

Monitor lizard

Giant mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)

Giant mudskipper (Periophthalmodon schlosseri)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Fruit cluster of  the Attap Palm/Nipah Palm (Nypa fruticans)

Fruit cluster of the Attap Palm/Nipah Palm (Nypa fruticans)

A view from the tower

A view from the tower

The large palms with the near-vertical leaves are Attap Palm/Nipah Palm (Nypa fruticans). The leaves are used to construct roofs and the seeds are used in the local dessert “ice kachang”.

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

A family of long-tailed macaques moves in to harvest and feed on coconuts.

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Chek Jawa Visitor Centre

Chek Jawa Visitor Centre

The Chek Jawa Visitor Centre was built in the 1930s by chief surveyor Langdon Williams as a holiday retreat and designated a Conservation Building in 2003. Restoration work was completed in 2006.

A short path from the house leads to a jetty that extends over seagrass beds. Large shoals of tiny fish can occasionally be seen (and heard) bursting out of the water to escape predators.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

The last images before leaving the island:

Useful sites:

Wild Singapore Factsheets

Butterflies of Singapore and Peninsula Malaysia

Butterflies of Singapore

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More photos on the Flickr page.

Date: 13 December 2009

Camera: Pentax K100D Super

Lens 1: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED

Lens 2: Pentax DA 16-45mm F4.0 ED

Ambient light only.

Hand-held only.

Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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One Response to Chek Jawa Wetlands

  1. Tiffany says:

    Wow! Incredible pictures!

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