On 10 August 2014, six Toddycats brought 17 participants to Venus Loop for the first Love MacRitchie Walk of this season. What a great way to celebrate Singapore’s birthday, seeing and learning about wildlife in our very own rainforest!
With the cosy group size and sharp-eyed participants, many forest critters made their appearances. Amongst them were the usual suspects like the Greater Racket-tailed Drongo (Dicrurus paradiseus) and the fungus beetles.
We were also extremely fortunate to see and learn about many dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies, thanks to nature enthusiast Lena Chow who has a profound ability to spot them and very kindly shared her knowledge. The Toddycats learned a lot from her that day too!
That’s not all! We also saw some of the rarer vertebrates like the Copper-cheeked Frog (Hydrophylax raniceps), which was perching quietly on a dumbcane leaf by the forest stream, as well as the Black-bearded Flying Dragon (Draco melanopogon) that glided right past us and landed on a tree near the trail!
Our national bird, the Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) also made an appearance, flitting around and showing off its magnificent plumage. You can just imagine the delight on all our faces then!
On behalf of MacRitchie Forest, we thank all participants for attending this enjoyable walk, and for making a stand to support the re-routing of the Cross Island MRT Line. See more photos from this walk – https://www.flickr.com/photos/habitatnews/sets/72157646067977917/
Want to see for yourself the wonders of the forest? We have more walks open for registration now! Spread the good news, and see you at Venus Loop!
- 14 Sep 2014 (Sunday) – Details and registration – https://lmwalk-14sep.eventbrite.sg
- 27 Sep 2014 (Saturday) – Details and registration – https://lmwalk-27sep.eventbrite.sg
- 11 Oct 2014 (Saturday) – Details and registration – https://lmwalk-11oct.eventbrite.sg
- 25 Oct 2014 (Saturday) – Details and registration – https://lmwalk-25oct.eventbrite.sg
For more information on Love MacRitchie Walks, visit http://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/love-macritchie-walks